The reading from Matthew has two familiar messages. First “Seek and you shall find”, and second “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Whenever I hear “Seek and you shall find” the Hymn “Be Thou My Vison” comes into my head. The video linked below shows people from 300 parishes from every county on the island of Ireland sing “Be Thou My Vision” together. I find the video to be stunning and remarkable. They are seeking and finding each other by singing a hymn to- gether. Each needs the other. Each seeks the other. They are each a piece of the whole.
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; all else be nought to me, save that thou art— thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou my great Father; thine own may I be; thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.
High King of heaven, when victory is won, may I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all. Thomas Moore has been a member of Trinity Cathedral for many years. He is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Chapter.
Traditional Irish Hymn ca. 700. Translated by Eleanor H. Hull, versified by Mary Elizabeth Byrne. Retrieved from https://hymnary.org/hymn/EH1982/488