Monday of the Third Week of Lent
II Kings 5:1-15ab + Luke 4:24-30
February 29, 2016
“As the deer longs for the running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God.”
The Scriptures which the Church proclaims during Lent often paint images of water to describe our relationship with God. Many of these images come from the Psalter (the Book of Psalms). Our Verse for Recollection today puts such an image before our mind’s eye.
The deer is a gentle animal. The Bible recommends it to us often as an icon for our spiritual life. How can we imitate the deer in its gentleness and simplicity? The deer longs merely for plants and water to nourish herself. Psalm 42 meditates on the latter, with water as a metaphor for God’s grace: His life and love.
As Saint Augustine says in his Confessions, man has a deep thirst for God, even if he does not recognize it. Much of human life is spent trying to quench this thirst by drinking from other streams. Yet this futility often only deepens our longing. This deepening of our longing leads either into a downward spiral, or up into an act of Faith, wherein we recognize that we must let go, and let God quench our thirst… as He wills.