I Don't Want to Be the Only One

Lenten Reflections 2016

[The Psalmist says:] Magnify the Lord with me! (Ps 34:3). Who is it is who exhorts us to magnify the Lord with him? Anyone who is in the Body of Christ, brothers and sisters, ought to do all he can to get others to magnify the Lord with him.... Truth is superior to all things. It is the Word of God. It is God’s Wisdom through which all things were made, and it has its lovers. And what does one of them say? Magnify the Lord with me! I don’t want to be the only one to magnify the Lord. I don’t want to be the only one to love him, the only one to embrace him. If I embrace him, it’s not as if there’s no room for anyone else to put his hands. There is such a wideness to wisdom that all souls may embrace and enjoy her.... Shouldn’t people be ashamed who love God in such a way that they are jealous of others? (Augustine, Enar. in Ps. 33, II, 6; PL 36, c. 310-11)[Nolo solus magnificare Dominum, nolo solus amare, nolo solus amplecti.]

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

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