Letters to Jesus (Seeking Spiritual Connection) - 1
There is an inherent longing in every human being that is exploited, or tolerated, or ignored, but it’s always there in every one of us. It’s a sure sign of our spiritual side breaking through our corporeal side. For the most part, we don’t understand it. But even when we totally ignore it, it’s there. St. Paul’s phrase, waiting with groaning, describes it well, for we groan often without knowing why.
This groaning or sighing after that which we cannot comprehend is the basis for a number of major choices in life. We can choose to be open to this longing, allowing it to grow and magnify itself in us without ever fully grasping it. If we recognize it and choose to be open to it, our lives are influenced. We are compelled by the tenets of Christian education (which is a reaction to this inherent longing in man) to seek the good, the right, the excellent, because that’s what it means to be open to this mysterious urge. But we can also choose to just tolerate it or simply ignore it. If that happens, we’re not so concerned about pursuing the good, the right, or the excellent.
In other words, if we are open to this longing and respond to it – even thought we cannot comprehend it – we at least move in tiny steps toward resting in it. The longing results from the restlessness St. Augustine speaks of – the restlessness and longing that is only completed in You. Life has much to do with the way we respond to this longing as we are all waiting with groaning.