What is a nun? Who is a nun? There can be many elaborate answers to this question. Yet it is quite simple. The opening line of today’s first reading can help: Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near (Is. 55:6). A nun is one who seeks the Lord. She enters the monastery, obeys her superiors, and maintains a life of community and prayer in the enclosure in order to seek the Lord. All that we do as nuns in a contemplative monastery boils down to seeking. We are seeking God in all things and through all things, believing that he is indeed near. For our God is a personal God who has sought and found us before we have even sought him.
What follows this seeking? A life filled with awe, joy, and excitement because we do find the Lord, in the unexpected. For as the reading continues, My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts (Is. 55:8-9). They are far above our imagination. He finds every way to make himself known to us, to be near.