Comments: Where The Wild Things Might Be

Thanks, Jane, very beautiful. There's a children's book I love called "Where The Wild Things Are".

Posted by Pam at Friday, 7 March 2014 at 7:43am GMT

Canon Jane Freeman's article is an engaging read in anticipation of Sunday's gospel. Her point about dependence upon God, especially with reference to Jesus in the wilderness or the dessert fathers is well taken.

However,while temptation stories may well be about dependence upon God, which is to say they are about faith, they are important precisely because they are an exceptional narrative about the
solitary experience as foundation and formation.
Mark's stark narrative,together with its mythological expansion in Mathew and Luke, says nothing about God being found in other people, as significant as that may be ultimately. One thinks as well of the desert monk Arsenius who claimed that worldly [men]ruined Rome but that an influx of monks ruined the desert of Scete.

The church is social and communal. However, the church is also in steep demographic decline in the west. Members and leaders alike are therefore driven, not so much into the wilderness as into frantic efforts to get more people involved. An emphasis on the solitary, an emphasis on a zen like Christ tends to be seen as not in the interests of "congregational development".

Posted by Rod Gillis at Friday, 7 March 2014 at 1:42pm GMT
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