"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

12 April 2009

Easter: "Home to the Waiting Father"

Christ is Risen!

He is risen indeed!

As Neuhaus puts it in the final paragraph of Death on a Friday Afternoon:

To prodigal children lost in a distant land, to disciples who forsook him and fled, to a thief who believed [. . .], to those who did not know that what they did they did to God, to the whole bedraggled company of humankind he had abandoned heaven to join, he says, "Come. Everything is ready now. In your fears and your laughter, in your friendships and farewells, in your loves and losses, in what you have been able to do and in what you know you will never get done, come, follow me. We are going home to the waiting Father."


Lydia McGrew said...

Alleluia! He is risen! Happy Easter, Beth. Thanks for that quotation from Fr. Neuhaus. If I were to call it "comforting," I would seem to be downgrading it to merely comforting, so I don't have a good adjective.

alaiyo said...

Perhaps that it offers consolation? That's not an adjective, but maybe gets closer to the intention?

This book has been a wonderful read for Lent. I should read it every year.

God bless!