“My Lord, you are the one who knows.” This saying from today’s first reading strikes me as incredibly freeing and life-giving. I often want to know, rather than be comfortable with just allowing God to know. I want to know so that I feel better, and more in control. Such a feeling of control may often be just that, a feeling. How free I could be, and perhaps you, too, to say with confidence and comfort, “My Lord, you are the one who knows,” and be satisfied with that, not desiring to satisfy our own thirst or even obsession with personal knowledge. I do not mean, or wish, to go around saying “Only God knows, only God knows.” Instead, may we recognize the invitation to sit comfortably with God, and not desire much more than that.

Might God want you to sit comfortably with him today, for a moment or two?

—Patrick Hyland, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Chicago-Detroit province, is currently studying philosophy at  St. Louis University.