10 March 2013

What would you change?

NB. Every year the province sends out (via email) daily Lenten reflections written by lay Dominicans, friars, sisters.  Here's mine for today: 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013
Friar Philip Powell, O.P.
Southern Dominican Province

Who doesn't like the idea of being a "new creation"? Just get rid of whatever's wrong-right-now and start over with everything-is-right. If you could be a new creation. . .say, you could plan this transformation, mark your calendar, and spend some leisure time contemplating the possibilities. . .what would you have changed? Of course, we're assuming here that there would be decisions to make. It's possible that the process of becoming wholly new would be completely out of our hands. But let's say that there are freely available options. What would you change? Would you go for the Aesthetics Package-buff bod, lithe grace, Olympian beauty? Maybe the Intellectual Package-genius IQ, quick wit, iron research discipline. Or perhaps the Holiness Package-true contrition, exemplary humility, perfect love. Can't decide? Well, we would probably have to spend some of our contemplation time figuring out what we need to change before deciding what we hope to become. 

The Prodigal Son contemplates his predicament in a foreign land and decides that home really is the best of all possible worlds. He decides to return to his family, repentant. Did his sins of dissipation get heavier as he approached the homestead? Did he even once think about being humiliated by a disgraceful return? What if his family sent him packing? If he held any doubts about going back to Dear Ole Dad, he didn't let them get in the way of his redemption. Imagine that as he approaches his father's farm, he becomes more beautiful, truer, better. With each step, he grows heavier in holiness. . .until his life of dissipation is itself dissipated by his humble desire for forgiveness. By the time he reaches the front door, all he needs is a word from his father. . .and he is a New Creation. 

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  1. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Mark Shea? Really Father?

    1. ??? What does Shea have to do with this post?

  2. Thank you! First line rang a bell... ;)

    1. Given my own experiences with dissipation. . .it was an easy reflection to write.