Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

My Thirsty Fish
My Thirsty Fish and Ambient Reflections in a Pool

In Lent, as in any season, a poem from Rumi is a welcome reflection

From “A Thirsty Fish” by Rumi

I don’t get tired of you. Don’t grow weary
of being compassionate toward me!

All this thirst equipment
must surely be tired of me,
the waterjar, the water carrier.

I have a thirsty fish in me
that can never find enough
of what it’s thirsty for!

Show me the way to the ocean!
Break these half-measures,
these small containers.

All this fantasy
and grief.

9 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

  1. I have been reading a lot in NCR about articles of ordination of women in the Catholic Church- one that particularly hit home was contrasting the current theological position juxtaposed against previous labeling of Jewish people as heretics and Muslims as infidels – a consideration once embraced as fundamental church position to now recognized as not the doctrine of the faithful- because you are a woman of the church as a sister why do you believe male patriarchy is do threatened by the pastoral ministry of women when Mary Magdalene sat at the most honored place by Jesus at the last supper? Thoughts during lent- blessings

    • What a great question, Meg! I enjoy reading NCR, too. I think that the Church (as an institution) continues to experience conversion, just as the Church (the people) do.

      There is a tricky male/female thing at play here, that one can see in all the major religions of the world. So it’s something natural and sociological. Buddhist women have difficulty being ordained in some traditions. There are restrictions about what a woman can or can’t wear in some Muslim traditions. There are some horrific practices in some places in Africa. And I just read recently about a Christian group that wouldn’t allow women to speak in church – they could sing – but nothing else.

      Threatened is a good word. It’s about power and control. When we look at your example of infidels and heretics, certainly that comes out of a certain clanishness that came out of the need to be better than/more than someone else. And the male/female thing does too.

      One needs to be secure in one’s self – one’s whiteness/browness/blackness/femaleness/maleness – you get the picture – in order to accept the other as a true sister or brother regardless of the differences.

      Women were very important to Jesus. And they were a financial support to them. There certainly is evidence of women deacons in the early church, and a woman named Juna was called an apostle in one of the epistles (one of Paul’s, I think). And Mary Magdalene is known as the Apostle to the Apostles.

      Things change very slowly, Meg.

      I have hope in our new pope. No, I don’t anticipate that he will change this. But I believe the Spirit is stirring through him. Who knows where that will lead – or when. And God’s not in a hurry.

      Lenten Blessings to you!


  2. This is beautiful and you are amazing!!!! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words and for such a wonderful response…:)

    • Thank you for returning to comment again, Gede! I am glad you enjoyed the quote, and perhaps the photo. I would have replied sooner, but I just discovered this in spam. I don’t understand that, since we have commented back and forth before. Many blessings, Pat

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