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Friday, September 13, 2013

Who is your faith mentor? - Daily Bible Reflections September 13,2014


DON’T WAIT FOR GODOT

 
“Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?” – Luke 6:39
 
In college, I had to write an analysis of Samuel Becket’s play titled Waiting for Godot, an example of the Theater of the Absurd that stems from Albert Camus’s absurdist philosophy, which in turn is a branch of the existentialism philosophy pioneered by Soren Kierkegard. Existentialism proposes that man’s existence is absurd because he is incapable of finding meaning or purpose.
       Such absurdity is delineated in Waiting for Godot, a tragi-comedy about two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who wait on a country road for someone named Godot. You think nothing happens in the play because Godot never comes.
       Two characters arrive—Pozzo and his slave Lucky. But they are not much of a help for Vladimir and Estragon because Pozzo  becomes blind and well, Lucky seems to be a useless servant. Yes, it’s a case of the blind leading the blind as we are reminded in today’s Gospel.
       Some interpret Godot as God, and for us Christians, that really is absurd because we believe God comes to us especially when we are in trouble. And, because of our faith, we know our existence has meaning. We need not wait for Godot. Cynthia U. Santiago (cusantiago@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Who is your faith mentor?
 
Lord, grant that I will never be blind to the truth that You are my Teacher and You give meaning to my life.
 
St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

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