Fourth Sunday of LentMarch 14, 2010
THE PRODIGAL FATHER
Every time I read this parable, I am struck by an intricacy I didn’t notice before. This time I noticed the reason Jesus told the parable in the first place. I’ll bet you missed it – I know I have for years. Jesus tells the story to the scribes and pharisees because they began to complain about all the sinners gathering around to listen to Jesus.
And while it is true that the story speaks about the sinner, it really is a story about God. God is not in some house sitting in judgement; God is prodigal, that is, “wastefully extravagant.”
Nevertheless, we have much to learn from the two sons – one is lost, the other is self-righteous. As for what they have to teach us? Well, you will just have to listen to find out!
CLICK HERE for the Readings of the Fourth Sunday of Lent: (Joshua 5.9, 10-12; Ps 34; 2 Corinthians 5.17-21; Luke 15.1-3, 11-32)