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What are we going to do when we get home? When the two sons of the parable of the prodigal son both have returned to their father, what then? The answer is simple: they have to become fathers themselves. Sons have to become fathers; daughters have to become mothers. Being children of God involves growing up and becoming like God. Jesus doesn’t hesitate to say this: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect, be compassionate as your heavenly Father is compassionate.” (See Matthew 5:48 and Luke 6:36). How? By welcoming home our lost brothers and sisters in the way our Father welcomed us home.

Emphasis mine.

“On [Her] Very Own Blog”
—for Eve

I was minding my manners that
afternoon of blogging. Eve pre-
tended she was behaving. At least,
that’s what she said, when,
in a comment, I mentioned a man
with three heads. Perhaps she
expected something else. I was busy
seeking an image for a poem, when
something robbed me of my words.

And Eve, who’s already published
a thick book or two, said nothing
(because, after all, how could she
know?) Eve made no reference that
day, as she had done some days
earlier, to “writing whatever she
wants on [her] very own blog,”
which, in my opinion, is the kind of
huff from which poems are made
and a whole lot like truly behaving.

To visit Eve’s bog, go here.

July 2008