Thursday, March 04, 2010

Blogging through the Orthodox Heretic, day 13

Today's parable is a subversion of the Prodigal Son. In this story it is the father who runs off and one of the sons waits each day by the gate with robe in hand, calf ready for the slaughter, hoping for the return of the Prodigal Father.

Pete is reflecting on the very human experience of the absence of God and the deep tradition in both Judaism and Christianity of remaining faithful even in the midst of the dark night of the soul. I couldn't help but think of Mother Theresa who struggled with a sense of the absence of God and yet continued to give of herself in service of those beyond the margins. How easy it is to abandon God when we cannot feel God's presence... And how to make sense of experience that tells us that God has abandoned us...

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