Don’t You See?

I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-one virtuous men who have no need of repentance

Luke 15:7
Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; I Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

Today’s Gospel Lesson includes a parable of Jesus in which a father makes a choice concerning his wayward son. You know the story …

A wealthy young man left the comfort of his father’s house to strike out on his own. “He squandered his money on a life of debauchery,” Jesus says. (Lk. 15:134). He was in a distant famine-plagued land, and penniless. The only employment he could find was caring for pigs. Then he discovered that the pigs were eating better than he was.

He was lonely. He was starving. He was without resources — with no one to give him a helping hand. And it was in that state of utter desolation (he had “hit bottom”) that he came “to his senses,” as Jesus puts it (Lk. 15:17). He acknowledged the urgent need to radically change his attitude and approach to life. And he set off on the long journey back to his father’s house. “While he was still a long…

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