JMJT! Praise be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!
So we find ourselves about half-way through our forty-day journey of Lent. Some of us may be feeling invigorated while others may be weary and worn or at a stand-still. For many, it can be a time of desolation, deeper interior struggles and temptations, or just a time of increased silence. As Hosea reminds us, Our Lord seeks this time of a one-on-one encounter as a time to solidify our relationship and gift us with clarity, light, and truth amidst such spiritual nakedness, if only we will consent to it. "Therefore, behold I will allure her, and will lead her into the wilderness: and I will speak to her heart." [Hos 2:14]
Mary bore a mute Babe
though in Him were hidden all our tongues.
Joseph carried Him,
yet hidden in Him was a silent nature older than everything.
The Lofty One became like a little child,
yet hidden in Him was a treasure of Wisdom that suffices for all.
He was lofty
but He sucked Mary's milk,
and from His blessings all creation sucks.
He is the Living Breast of living breath;
by His life the dead were suckled, and they revived.
Without the breath of air no one can live;
without the power of the Son no one can rise.
Upon the living breath of the One Who vivifies all
depend the living beings above and below.
As indeed He sucked Mary's milk,
He has given suck -- life to the universe.
As again He dwelt in His mother's womb,
in His womb dwells all creation.
Mute He was as a babe,
yet He gave to all creation all His commands.
For without the First-Born no one is able to approach Being,
for He alone is capable of it.