Our Lady and Sheen

Crazy, stupid in love.

Today, I was leading a small group in a bible study, focusing on Luke 15:11-33, or the parable of the Prodigal Son, or lost son(s).  I was explaining to those who were so gracious to listen to me ramble on that in Jewish culture there were so many things that would have been scandalous to the listeners of the parable.  First, the younger son tells the father that he, basically, wants to treat him like he’s dead, he wants his inheritance and he wants to leave home and forget his life.  Then, the younger son goes to a foreign land (read sin and depravity) to take part in sin and depravity.  He ends up starving working with pigs, the most unclean of the unclean, it is now beyond belief.  Packing himself up, as we all know, he goes home, practicing his apology along the way.

Then, beyond all belief to the listeners of the story, the father, regal man that he is, RUNS to his son when he sees him far off.  An older man, head of the household, runs to his son that he had obviously been watching for all of this time.  He makes a fool out of himself to show his love for his son. He  embarrasses himself to bring his son back under his protection and family.  He throws a party and everyone comes.  The prim and proper society members must have been shocked, how could this father who was so insulted treat his son like he was doing.

Because God is, in human terms, crazy, stupid in love with us.  Obviously, God’s Love is perfect, so we can’t really say crazy or stupid, but what we can say is that we only really understand even a part of God’s desire for us when we are crazy, stupid in love.  We get that feeling about a person, and we do not care what any one else thinks or says, we don’t even know what we’re saying some of the time.   God’s love, in this instance, takes the form of the “I will be the fool in love with you, please let me!”

Anyway, I thought I would share that sometimes life will let us get a small glimpse of how God feels all the time.

Next time, I promise, something much more deep!

God love you!

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September 23, 2010 - Posted by | Random Stuff |

1 Comment »

  1. I really liked how you fleshed out the analogy between the father and our Father. Good post!

    Comment by Christine | September 24, 2010 | Reply


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