‘O King of the Nations, and their Desire, the Cornerstone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay’.

The prophet Haggai: ‘The Desired of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory’. He will come, as He promised, to humanity in its seeking and desiring.

‘This is the generation of them that seek Him’, sang the Psalmist. Pope Benedict, on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Holy Face at Manoppello, Italy, commented: ‘Seeking the Face of Jesus must be the longing of all of us Christians; indeed, we are “the generation” which seeks his Face in our day, the Face of the “God of Jacob”. If we persevere in our quest for the Face of the Lord, at the end of our earthly pilgrimage, he, Jesus, will be our eternal joy, our reward and glory for ever’.

May God bless you this day and in in your own journey of desiring, seeking, and finding the Lord.