Monday, November 9, 2009
In the Bible, the destruction and utter desolation of nations is summed up by saying that the pelican, along with other wild beasts and birds, shall dwell in their place (Isa 34:11; Zep 2:14). Through the psalmist, Christ also called Himself "a pelican of the wilderness" (Psa 102:6). This phrase refers to His rejection by His people and abandonment by His followers during His Passion (Mt 26:56; Lk 55-62; Mk 14:50-52). The "pelican of the wilderness" has also been associated with Christ's fast in the wilderness after His baptism in the River Jordan (Mt 4:1-11).