Saturday, February 2, 2008

Getting What You Want

Fr. Stephen Freeman writes in his latest post,

I will offer a terrible prophecy, or a truth, if you will. We all get what we are waiting for. I will have to reflect for a while and see if I think that is completely true. I believe it is. What we get reveals much. For what we receive, or what we think we have received is a verdict that proclaims: “for this I waited.” And a great chorus will arise on judgment day and all will say, “See I told you so!” For some this will be the great voice of triumph as those who have waited for Christ and the fullness of the kingdom will not be disappointed. And those who have waited for even the most petty things will find their waiting to be fulfilled. And tragically, when they could have the received the only thing worth waiting for - they will have received their own private prophecy. They will receive just as little as their heart wanted. Cynics will be completely justified in their cynicism and proclaim to the rest of us that we were fools to have waited for anything good.
The whole post is excellent and I commend it to you.


  1. Rev. Eric J Brown said...

    It's amazing how popular an idea this is - especially when you think of modern, popular ideas. What is hell other than a rockin', rip roaring party? Or a la Billy Joel "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints - the sinners are much more fun."

    Now, yes, this isn't the point of the post - but the idea sort of parallels. What do you want from God? If you want nothing to do with God, you'll have nothing to do with God - although that isn't fun.