Thursday, March 24, 2011

Unresolved resentment (Henri Nouwen)

Second Week of Lent - March 24, 2011

"There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man's table." (Luke 16)

The elder (the elder brother in the parable of the Prodigal) is not free in his relationship with the father because he is bound by resentment. Resentment is probably one of the most pervasive evils of our time. It is something that is very real, very pernicious and very, very destructive. ... each of us might examine how our lives and relationships are wounded because of unresolved resentments buried in hour hearts.

- Henri Nouwen

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