A Lenten Meditation on Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Jesus told the Parable of the Prodigal Son in response to the religious authorities who were scandalized that he welcomed and befriended sinners. Those who were considered ritually impure and ethically immoral.
Through this parable, Jesus proclaimed the purpose of his ministry: To seek and serve those who society and institutional structures considered to be the least, the last, and the lost.
In this light, this story is a declaration of redemption, a word of welcome home. If so, then how does this happen?
I can interpret this story – given the details that the son “came to himself” (remembered what he had), his confession, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and you” (defying your will), his contrition, “I am not worthy to be called your son” (you have a moral right to disown me), and his petition, “Treat me like a servant” – as descriptive of a process of conformity to a code of conduct external to one’s self. Finding one’s way home, then, involves the repentance of submission to the will of another.
I can make this case; especially when “the Another” is God. Nevertheless, I also believe that this ongoing, repeatable process of redemption, of finding one’s way home involves coming face to face with one’s self.
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