Posted by: Ingrid | June 22, 2007

Just finished reading Frederick Buechner’s book Telling the Truth: Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale.  Fantastic read!  I loved this particular quotation:

(On Jesus weeping at Lazarus’ death) “Beneath that, he wept because, as Mary and Martha both tactlessly reminded him, if he had only been present, Lazarus needn’t have died, and he was not present.  Beneath that, he wept perhaps because if only God had been present, then too Lazarus needn’t have died, and God was not present either, at least not in that way and to the degree that he was needed.  Then, beneath even that, it is as if his grief goes so deep that it is for the whole world that Jesus is weeping and the tragedy of the human condition, which is to live in a world where again and again God is not present, at least not in the way and to the degree that man needs him.  Jesus sheds his tears at the visible absence of God in the world where the good and bad alike go down to defeat and death.  He sheds his tears at the audible silence of God at those moments especially when a word from him would mean the difference between life and death…  Jesus wept, we all weep, because even when man is good, even when he is Jesus, God makes himself scarce for reasons that no theodicy has ever fashioned.”

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