“Day and night I cry, and tears are my only food;
all the time my enemies ask me, ‘Where is your God?’”
Ps 42:3 GNB
Alfred Delp was a Jesuit priest in Germany and was arrested by the police for his part in resisting the Hitler regime. He was executed in the February of 1945. In the November of 1944, writing from prison he said, “Inwardly I have a great deal to do with the Lord God, I have much to ask him and much to tell him. But one thing is clear and tangible to me as rarely before: the world is so full of God. This realisation wells up towards us as it were from all the pores of things. But we are often blind. We remain enmeshed in the good and in the bad hours. We do not experience them through and through up to the point at which they flow forth from God. This holds true in relation to the beautiful as well as to wretchedness. In all things God wants to solemnize the encounter, and asks for and desires the adoring and loving response” (Dying We Live, p131).
Not many people would expect to find God in a Nazi prison cell. Alfred Delp was not alone in his discovery. The poet who wrote Psalm 42 was far away from the centre of worship and the excitement of big gatherings in Jerusalem, where he was conscious of the presence of God. He needed God’s help up in Caesarea Philippi and asked for it so that he could give an answer to those who were asking where his God was. The Christian answer to their question is, “He is wherever he chooses to disclose himself – but supremely in Jesus Christ”.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, help me to find you everywhere.