A meditation on
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
by Henri J.M. Nouwen
"Somehow original sin, that inner anguish and brokenness that is even beyond our own doing, can become the place where we come in touch with our original blessing. Somehow our broken father, our limited mother, our neurotic brother, our confused sister and our own inner struggle push us and create in us a hunger to go beyond the pain. 'My soul is restless,' as Augustine says, 'until it rests in you, O Lord.'
When we begin to know intimacy with God and to accept others and ourselves as we are, we then begin to speak about 'happy guilt' or 'happy brokenness.' Our inner struggle is no longer such a burden, but a way to the truth, to the light, to the life. How could we ever become children of God, embraced by the love of the Father, the Son and the Spirit, as be let into the intimacy of the triune life if God hadn't shown compassion with us, as we are? Through Jesus' incarnation we come to know about the inner life of God. It is in our fragile and mortal flesh that God's original blessing is revealed to us."