On waiting. . .

“All our action ends in passion because the response to our action is out of our hands. That is the mystery of work, the mystery of love, the mystery of friendship, the mystery of community – they always involve waiting. And that is the mystery of Jesus’ love. God reveals himself in Jesus as the one that waits for our response. Precisely in that waiting the intensity of God’s love is revealed to us. If God forced us to love, we would not really be lovers. … [I]t is in the passion that the fullness of God’s love shines through. It is supremely a waiting love, a love that does not seek control.”

~ Hernri Nouwen
“From Action to Passion”
Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter


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