Monday, June 27, 2011

This makes me think...

We can hardly bear to leave that fatherly shoulder to which the son returned in tears.


Take courage, then, presumptuous soul, in the thought that you have to do with a God whose mercy prevents him from seeing clearly. The Bible teems with blind patriarchs, and doubtless it was news of his father's dimmed vision that hastened the return of the prodigal son. For we know too well that when we rush into his arms, his eyes will be good for nothing but weeping... It is not by sight that the Father knows his son, but by touch. "The Lord looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)." It is of the heart alone that he demands the secret of our love. He inhales us that he might know our scent.

---Paul Claudel, I Believe in God.

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