Lent, WK 4C (Laetare Sunday)

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the tax collectors and so-called sinners that Jesus ate with would have identified with the youngest son. The Pharisees and Scribes were meant to identify with the oldest son who completely misread his filial relationship as one of slavery, a clear parody of their misguided religion. The story is really a story of the “Prodigal Father,” lavish in love, who shatters the self-understanding of both sons and wants both sons to be free. This pardoning and prodigal God invites us to a family party freed from aimless wandering and resentful dutifulness. As usual in Gospel Parables, the story is open-ended. It is up to the listener to finish it. Will you enter this feast?

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One thought on “Lent, WK 4C (Laetare Sunday)

  1. Prodigal; wastefully or recklessly extravagant; so the dictionary says. Abbot David Garets, like yourself, would apply that word to the Father in this parable. It really is the Father who is the prodigal in lavishing His love and graces on us. Nothing is too much, not even taking on human flesh and dying for us. For a long time now I have realized that I am a spoiled child of this prodigious Father. At first I thought I heard the answer in the Sound of Music; “Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.” Now it seems that that is not the answer, it is all due to the overwhelming love of a Father for His children.

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