Posted by: livingscripture | April 2, 2014

Fourth Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 

Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.’  Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?  Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”    Isaiah 49: 14-15          

 

How should we live this Wordjcheart

This brief prophetic text is taken from chapters 40-55 of Isaiah.  Modern biblists have called it the Second Isaiah.  It deals with an anonymous prophet, living in the epoch of the deportation in Babylon, who composed important, original texts.  He is a refined theologian and a great poet who knew how to keep hope alive in the exiled Jews.  The text is one of the most beautiful in the Old Testament and highlights an unusual aspect of God’s Love – that of the love of a mother.

On the background of Zion’s lament, who feels it has been forgotten by God, the prophet weaves an impassioned reflection on the tenderness of divine love by comparing it to maternal love.  The prophetic word bases itself on a human experience that is sadly chronicled in our times.  It is true that a mother’s love brings her to care for her child to the point of giving her life for it; but there also exists rare cases in which a woman abandons her child.  However, God’s love is more tender and secure than that of a mother, because there are no exceptions to it.  “I will never forget you.”

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will remain quietly, listening in the depths of my heart God whispering to me the stupendous words, “I will never forget you.”

Lord, You are my all.  Thank You for loving me so much and for keeping me always as Your beloved child. 

The voice of Clement of Alexandria, Church Father 

Scrutinize the mysteries of love and then you will contemplate ‘The womb of the Father that only the Only Son of God has revealed.  God Himself is love and for love of us He was seized…because the Father loved, He became woman, and of this is the great sign of the One that He generated of Himself, because the fruit generated by love is love.

 

 


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