The problem with suffering is that it defies all what we think we know about God – that God has the power to heal, and that God is all-loving. We experience God’s love at times, and God’s power at other times. But there are plenty of times when we don’t feel either. No power. No love. Just absence.
If worship is an experience in belonging, then the Samaritan woman’s question about where to worship is ultimately a question about who belongs to who, and about the God to whom we belong.
Let our focus this Lent be not on our sin but on God’s love, not on our death but on the life God promises to us, and to all people. For sin and death, and our preoccupation with both, pale in comparison to God’s promises of life and love for all.
What is this cross? It is the presence of God in a world of suffering.
The Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year CLuke 15:1-3, 11b-32March 14, 2010 Grace to you and peace, from the one who is, who was, and who is to come. Amen. I think it says a lot about the church and our Western culture that this magnificent parable of forgiveness, restoration, and celebration has been narrowly andContinue reading “Being a son means also being a brother (Lent 4, Year C)”