Sunday, September 20, 2015

The very Father is not without suffering

The very Father is not without suffering. When He is prayed to, He has pity and compassion; He suffers something of love and puts Himself in the place of those with whom He, in view of the greatness of His nature, cannot be. -Origen, Word as Flesh
 To paraphrase Rowan Williams, this suffering which the Father experiences is unlike anything we experience in our human suffering. And, it is precisely because the True God we worship is not just some item in the universe, but the context in which everything exists, that He experiences suffering love, the very suffering love that His Son and our Lord Jesus felt as He walked the earth and as He hung on the cross.

Let us enter into our worship and prayer with this in mind, that God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, is with us in His Spirit, through the suffering love of His Son, and that we are never alone.