Posted by: livingscripture | December 11, 2014

Second Thursday in Advent

From the Word of the Day

“The afflicted and the needy will seek water in vain; their tongues are parched with thirst.  I, the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”

 (Isaiah 41: 17)  

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This image of the afflicted that look for water reminds me of the Samaritan woman in John’s Gospel.  She was looking for water knowing very well that shortly she would need more.  The idea of water that quenches thirst once and for all aroused her enthusiasm.  Her enthusiasm led her to continue to chat with Jesus and little by little, He reveals the true nature of her thirst to her.  She accepts that provocation and even with her evident limitations, she goes beyond and learns to attribute new meanings to her thirst.  It is an attribution that leads her to understand what she is really looking for in her life so full of other, partial loves.

In the passage quoted above, we are also included in the afflicted of Isaiah, in this logic of those who regard thirst as common to all,.  There exists no language that does not experience being thirsty.  God is there; ready to respond to that thirst, without any intention of abandoning us in our search for satisfaction and accompaniment in our experiences of those who thirst.

Isaiah’s objective is of thirst as seeking, as a dynamic expectancy.  This is how it is before God.  We are thirsty, in continuous movement to satisfy that thirst, mistaking sources and then choosing to go back to seek better

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall satisfy my thirst by turning to God, the only true water that can quench it forever. 

Lord, forgive my useless searching.  Accompany me in this expectant journey…and allow me to quickly find the source of water that satisfies forever. 

The voice of St. Peter Chrysologus, Church Father 

Wounded in spirit, humans began to want to see God with bodily eyes.  But if God cannot be contained in the entire world, how could He be perceived by limited human vision?  We must respond that the need for love does not pay attention to what it will be, what it demands, or what is possible for it.  Love does not stop before the impossible, does not hesitate to face difficulties.  Love, if it does not reach what it yearns for, kills the lover.  Thus it goes where it is attracted, not where it should go.  Love generates desire, augments ardour, and ardour tends to what is forbidden.  What more?

 

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