I am reading Anne Lamott’s “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy.” In it, she makes an interesting observation. In the story of Jonah and the parable of The Prodigal Son, we are left with questions, not answers:
- Does Jonah ever get over himself?
- Does the older brother attend the feast for his prodigal brother?
Left unanswered all this time, all these centuries. What to make of this? Are we waiting for a sequel?
Maybe the answer is ours to give. We pray, Grant us mercy, Lord. But maybe the very mercy we want pouring down on us, the very intervention we long for, is realized as we give our own answers to the two questions. To what degree am I willing to get over myself? How able am I to celebrate the return of an undeserving one?
Deep Sunday thoughts.