|Monday, 27 March 2017|
Saint Gregory of Narek
"Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe."
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Jl 3,5; Rom 10,13).
But I, I do not just call on him:
above all else I believe in his greatness.
Not for his gifts do I persevere in my pleading,
but because he is true Life and in him I breathe.
Without him there is neither movement nor advance.
Not so much by the bonds of hope but by the bonds of love
am I drawn.
Not for the gifts but for the Giver
do I long.
It is not glory that I am reaching out for
but the glorified Lord whom I desire to embrace.
The thirst for life is not what is consuming me
but the remembrance of him who gives life.
The desire for happiness is not why I am sighing,
why I break into sobs from the depths of my heart,
but from the desire for him who prepares it.
It is not for rest I am seeking
but for the face of him who will pacify my suppliant heart.
I am pining, not for the wedding feast,
but because of my desire for the Bridegroom.
In sure expectation of his power
in spite of the burden of my sins,
I believe with unquenchable hope,
while entrusting myself into the hands of the Almighty,
that I shall not simply gain forgiveness
but will see him face to face
thanks to his mercy and pity,
and though I fully deserve to be banished,
I shall come into possession of heaven.
Lamentations of Narek, Elegy 12,1 (SC 78, p.102 rev.)