How Do We Google God In Our Search?

Fr. Charlie O'Rourke
April 11, 2011

“There are over six billion people in this world and each person has his or her own thoughts about God. How can a person know for sure what He is really like?” From Google Search

The psalmist said, “My soul longs for you, my living God.” Deep within our hearts, there is that feeling of belonging or wanting to fulfill a yearning that we all have for happiness and fulfillment. It is a sense that all is not complete unless we have that connection with our Maker.

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The desert has always been seen in Scripture as a place of purification, of proving. Moses spent 40 days and nights alone face to face with God on a desert mountain. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert. Jesus too spent 40 days in the desert, where he was tempted.

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Granted that this is not obvious to everyone, but I truly believe that if we give ourselves a chance to reflect once in a while, we will come up with some awareness of a God for ourselves.  Whether we realize it or not, we have expectations and a vision of what this God is like.

In this search for God, we may make our “god” whatever gives us fulfillment and happiness. For example, it could be money, possessions or power over others.

So as we spend this time of reflection and prayer during Lent, we want to spend it with Our Lord who went into the desert for a bit of quiet and reflection with His Father. Jesus, too, was searching as to what His life was to be. I am sure He had a burning desire to go out to His fellow country people and make known God’s love for them so that we may all have a better knowledge and love for God.

Many listened and opened their hearts to Him. It brought meaning and happiness to their hearts. Thinking of the years I lived with and helped to direct the Korean people in their search for meaning, happiness and God in their life, the thing that comes to my mind is especially their gratitude for having found a God who made their life meaningful and complete. It gave them solace to know God is with them, loves them, and sustains them. This was the first timer almost all of them heard this.

God wants to come to us in a deeper way this Lent. God yearns to be known to us as a God who can reach out and heal us of our hurts, and embrace us with God’s love. God knows that we seek total, unceasing happiness for ourselves and our loved ones. This Lenten season is a super special time for us to spend in close contact with our good God to grasp in a deeper way who God is and God’s love for us.  Then we are to go out with fire in our belly to become a true witness to the love of God for our world.