Monday, July 23, 2012

A reflection on widows

We used to call one of our brothers by the nickname "widow" after a particularly 

doleful expression he sported in one of the photographs. everyday we have 

liturgical readings and very often the phrase "widows and orphans" or some other 

combination involving "widow" will turn in. this is the time for us to cast furtive and 

teasing glances at this guy-so much so that he could never afford to skip a prayer or 

doze off without getting noticed. Well that is the lighter side.but what gave me a 

start was the very frequency with which this theme was dealt in the Sacred Scripture 

and pious writings.those who know the desolate widows of vrindavan or the 

voluptuous widows in kazantzakis (these examples are for a pure detached 

understanding, one may have widowed members in the family too in case of which 

this discussion becomes more perceptible) will understand the fact they concur on 

one thing- sheer vulnerability of a widowed woman. this frequency is only a 

representation of the multitudes that seek our humaneness and not that vicious 

glance of a bird of prey...