"The crowds went looking for him... But he said to them, 'To the other towns also I must go' "
Every soul among you which is seeking God must know that he has gone
before and sought you before you sought him... "All night long in my
little bed I sought him whom my soul loves" (Sg 3:1). The soul seeks the
Word, but she has first been sought by the Word... Our soul is no
different from a wandering spirit which does not return if she is left
to herself. Hear a fugitive and a wanderer who grieves and pleads, "I
have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek your servant" (Ps 119,
176). 0 man, do you wish to return? But if it is a matter of will, why
do you plead?... It is clear that the soul wishes to return but cannot;
she is a wandering spirit which does not return... For where does she
get this will? Unless I am mistaken, it is from the visitation of the
Word who has already sought her. That seeking has not been in vain,
because it has made the will active, without which there can be no
But it is not enough to be sought once. The weakness of the soul is great and great is the difficulty of the return... "For the will is in me," says Paul, "but I have no power to do good" (Rom 7, 18). What does the soul, in the Psalm we quoted ask? Nothing but to be sought, for he would not seek unless he was sought, and he would not seek if he had been satisfied with the seeking.
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