Circle of Love

He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly

Luke 15:20
Joshua 5:9,10-12; Psalms 34:2-7; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32

Sermon Week/Year

Fourth Sunday of Lent, C

A father had two sons. While the boys were still quite young the father was stricken with a terminal illness, and before he died, he had a long, heartfelt talk with the boys. He told them that his greatest hope was that they would get a good education, equip themselves well for life, and take their Christian Religion seriously. Most of all, he encouraged them to be of service to their fellow human beings — as he, their father, had been before them.

The first son went on to become a lawyer. He loved his father and treasured his counsel. He joined a Legal Aid Society, working long hours for low pay, protecting the legal rights of the poor. Because of the nature of his work, he was often involved in controversy — frequently maligned for his close identification with social outcasts. Sometimes he was called a radical.

The second son also loved his father deeply. He spent a great deal of time as the…

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