Tuesday 17 December 2013

Suffering

Impossible suffering in the Philippines, as also, differently, in so many parts of the world and the Middle East.

Our hearts and our minds ask: how? why?

And God's answer is very different, very difficult.

Paddy Chayefsky's Gideon comes to mind: God dismisses the questions of Gideon. You do not understand. You think too much like a man. For you this world, this life, is everything. I have a much larger picture. Can't help recalling Krishna saying much the same thing, especially in his Theophany, to the Arjuna agonizing over killing of relatives, teachers, friends.

God's point of view. Humanism, and the making absolute of the human. Rationalism. The third pole of the two-pronged dialectic (see Lonergan, Insight).

A constant challenge to one who reads the Word. How do we rest? How do we take vibrant, ringing joy, as on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, in the face of the miseries and misfortunes of the world, and of our personal lives?

Perhaps: "God educating us, leading us by the hand..." (Tit 2:12) 

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