There is a great old Easter greeting: “We are an Easter people” to which hearers respond “and Alleluia is our song!” I love this, and if I see you in this Easter Week, this Octave of Easter Sundays, you are welcome to greet me in this way. The reason I need to be reminded that we are an Easter people is that I too often reduce the Easter life we are offered to ideas and categories, words and formulas, customary ways of thinking and acting.
I’m even more inspired by his willingness to accept a “no” from God in answer to his prayer
We all struggle to forgive those who have hurt us and those we love.
In Jesus God is where we are, here and now. Speak to him. Listen for him.
Without this relationship we become for our world a reactive presence rather than an original presence.
The two sons represent two immature ways of relating to God: rebellion and childish obedience.