We need Wisdom. We need to see the Beauty of God, breathe it in, taste it and drink deeply from its springs. We need to understand Life again as shining with Love. We need to look in wonder at invisible Grace becoming visible in creation. We need to desire God, and to delight in His goodness.
Thus we hear of the appearance of the “Nephilim” in that mysterious, ancient age before the Flood. Most of the time, that word “Nephilim” is translated as the English word “giants.” But “giant” does not come close to the full meaning of the term. “Nephil” carries the meaning of “superiority,” “great and powerful,” and also “violent.”
In every work of Creation, the Father is the Creator, the Son is the Artist, and the Spirit is the Finisher. And in everything — from every blade of grass to every mountain, from every little animal to the ocean and the stars — Christ has designed Creation to prove His love for you, and to draw you, in deep desire, to communion with Him in friendship.
Everyone around you is your neighbor who needs friendship, and everyone bears the image of Christ – Who once called us His “friends.” Remember that wherever you are is your neighborhood, and you are that neighborhood’s Good Samaritan (as the vessel, of course, of the First One). When you talk to anyone this Lent in the world, you are conversing with someone who is immortal by grace. And every conversation either darkens the world (theirs and yours), or brightens it.