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Monday, third week of Lent

March 12, 2012

JMJ

Blessed Monday!
May Your unfailing compassion, O Lord,
cleanse and protect Your Church,
and, since without You She cannot stand secure,
may she be always governed by Your grace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening prayer of today’s Mass)

Readings:
2 Kings 5:1-15 (Elisha cures Naaman the leper)
Psalm 42:2, 3, 43: 3, 4 “Athirst is my soul for the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?”
+Luke 4:24-30 (Jesus is rejected in His hometown)

God thirsts that we may thirst for Him.
-St. Augustine

Thirst expresses the desire for something,
but a desire so intense that we would die if we lacked it.
-St. Teresa of Avila

Athirst is my soul for the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?
-Psalm 42:3

Parched, desperate to fill the burning need,
he took the lead
a slave-girl’s word,
to journey deep into the land of Israel–
the enemy.

He’s seeking health.
God’s seeking him.

Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized

God humbles him.
Go to the Jordan…wash…be clean.

His anger flares.

The Jordan?!
Have you seen that murky stream?!
No! I will not!

Slaves intervene
with humble plea:
Please, sir, it’s not so hard…

The waters close.
His flesh is healed.
He meets His God!
His soul awakes.

Now I know that there is no God in all the earth,
except in Israel…
I will no longer offer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god
except the Lord.

-II Kings 5:15, 17

His thirst is quenched
–for good–
with God…
and God’s with him!

Thirst draws a crowd.
He’s back in town!
Perhaps we’ll get a show!
They’re bored.

Christ humbles them.
Their anger flares.
No slaves this time, to plead the cause.
God walks away.
Their thirst remains…
and so does God’s.

He dies of it!

I thirst!
-John 19:28

God thirsts that we may thirst for Him.
-St. Augustine

Athirst is my soul for the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?
-Psalm 42:3

No less will fill our souls.

With what idols do you attempt to quench (or at least drown out) the thirst that burns your soul?
The next time you’re angry, ask what advice Naaman’s servants might give. It worked for him!

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