In today’s meditation on Godzdogz, fr Nicholas Crowe meditates on the Annunciation in the context of the Lenten season of penance; and discusses the use of the desert as the metaphor for Lent, and then suggests that it is Mary that Isaiah’s comment that ‘the desert will rejoice and bloom’ comes to fruition.
Pondering this, it occurred to me that the purpose of the desert was not to prevent us recognizing that God works within us, and can bring His work to fruition in us and our lives . . . but to emphasize forcibly that His work in us is independent of the world around us; which is merely His temporary gift to us as a place in which to live and grow as we journey towards the Heavenly – and permanent – home which He has created for us on the other side of this earthly ‘desert’.