LENT: WEEK 4: MARCH 31, 2019
Unidentified. Prodigal Son, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
A father had two sons. The younger son liked adventure and wanted to see the world, so the father gave him his inheritance as demanded. The older son liked home and wanted to work with his father.
After a while, the younger son’s money ran out and he was hungry. He remembered even his father’s servants had all they needed. So, he decides to go back home and work for his father as a servant.
The father sees his younger son coming up the road, goes out to welcome him, and directs his servants to prepare a huge welcome home party. In the meantime, the older son who had been home all this time, is angry with his father’s actions.
“But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” – Luke 15:32
The “younger son” recognizes his need and acts to resolve his hunger. He returns home. Admitting our needs before God, each other, and creation leads to living life fully.
- Do you like to “stay home” or “go out?”
- Who are you most like the older son, younger son, or the father in the story?
- What is the lesson in this parable for you?
God of patient love,
you await the return of the wayward and wandering
and eagerly embrace them in pardon.
Through baptism you have clothed us with the glory of Christ
and restored our inheritance:
give us generous hearts
to welcome all who seek a place
at the table of your unconditional love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“Education is the most powerful instrument for instilling a love and care for Creation and enabling others to understand more about the future of our endangered planet.” – Sr. Claudine Dumbi, SNDdeN
A prayer for Lent
Teach our children to care
The story of the long spoons