Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–January 21

The younger son’s motivations in the parable of LK 15:11-24 for returning home are actually left open by the narrator – starving? guilty conscience? Surely, what’s even more important though, than the question of what’s in the heart of the younger son, is the extravagance of the father in running to meet him and then not letting him finish his calculated response or real confession, before preparing a celebration in gratitude of his return. This is not a lesson in better parenting, but a story of the audacity and excess of the father, where retribution and condemnation are vilified. Not sure there are many waiting and welcoming fathers like this. Who will join in the festivities and come to the party?