Some people talk to their plants. And, in their recollection (science seems to confirm it), they respond. The plants perceive and react to this positive confirmation of their identity. This is the key: a human being pays respect to their life. They acquire an added quality of life ‘being loved’. The plants belong to someone who cares for them.
A similar ‘deep-conversation’ can, is taking place in creation. Talking to God, the Creator, brings about a real change. He is present in things, particularly in situations. When we talk to Him, a person, a situation, nature, even our things and household can change.
In our Covid-19 stricken world, something similar happens - or is waiting to happen. We are surrounded by yearning for health and wholeness. That is why, we Christians believe, it is so important to pray to the Lord, to his potential healing arrivals.
Today’s Advent reading, the vision of the Beloved’s arrival, can inspire us to this time of ‘prayer of invitation’. This is a song which reveals the ‘hidden DNA’ of God’s Presence in all what surrounds us. Let this beautiful song sustain our hope in the hoped transformation of the present situation. ‘I hear my Beloved. See how he comes leaping on the mountains… For see, winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth. The season of glad songs has come, the cooing of the turtledove is heard in our land…Come then, my love, my lovely one, come.’ (Song of Songs 2:8-14)
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..