Odysseus left home to fight the Trojan war and worked for ten years to return to his wife, son, father and dog! Then he sets out for the mainland, following the instruction of a blind prophet, where Odysseus is identified as a man of discernment. Finally, Odysseus "has made peace with all the pieces of his life," Rohr told us.
What is the first and second part of the journey for Penelope, his wife, who stayed at home these many years? She did not travel far and wide, but the world came to her front door. Her labor of discernment came about as she stayed put. In the patriarchal context of her world, she, too, became wise.