My Lenten focus has been Love and yet I couldn't write about the Lover - who chooses between two very different loves. The card shows him between to women, the first "seizes him and kisses him, and with impudent face she says to him:
I had to offer sacrifices
and today I have paid my vows.
So now I have come out to meet,
to seek you eagerly, and I have found you."
The other holds back, she is the opposite of her rival.
"I possess knowledge and discretion..
I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me."
(proverbs 8:12 and 17)
It is the card of temptation. The choice between vice and virtue - and one made easier through the discipline of fasting, because we fast to seek God, to learn love more deeply from Love Himself, with minds and hearts undistracted by the seductions of the one we do not love. The one who wants us, but not as a true love does.
It is an ideal season to keep the lover in mind, to meditate on his choice as we try to build "a spiritual monastery in relation to this world and it's god."