When Jesus finishes telling the Parable of the Prodigal Son, we wonder what will happen next. What will the younger son do after the party is over? Will he wake up early the next morning and start pitching in? Will he find ways to express his gratitude to his father? Has his father’s grace changed him?

What about the elder son? Will he go in to the party? Will he have a change of heart, raise a glass to his brother’s life, and step out onto the dance floor? Can he welcome his brother back into the family and work side-by-side with him? Has his father’s grace changed him?

Jesus leaves us with these questions to get us thinking about our own response to God’s grace. Have we experienced the deep forgiveness of God, like the younger son? If so, has it changed us? Are we ready to rejoin the household of God and do our part?

Are we resentful about the disparity of work like the elder brother? Are we willing to accept that God loves everybody unconditionally? Can we let go of what we think we deserve and accept the unearned, radical grace of God for us and for all? Are we willing to rejoin the household of God on God’s terms?

This parable confronts us with the radical grace of God and invites us to respond.

God of radical and unconditional love, you never stop pursuing us and inviting us into a loving relationship with you. Thank you. Today, may every word I say and every action I take be a grateful response to your love. May I embody your grace toward all people. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
March 25–31, 2019
Resumen de la Escritura

Lent is a time for focusing on our need for God and for remembering God’s abundant resources for filling that need. When the Israelites finally pass into Canaan, they observe the Passover as a reminder of God’s deliverance of them from Egypt. The psalmist, traditionally David, rejoices in the fact that God does not count his sins against him. Paul declares that through Christ, God has made everything new. God no longer holds our sins against us, and we in turn appeal to others to accept this free gift. Jesus eats with sinners and tells the story of the prodigal son to demonstrate that no matter how far we stray, God will always welcome us home with open arms. God never stops pursuing us, even if we feel unloved or unworthy.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Joshua 5:9-12. What stories do you tell about your faith? What do these stories help you remember?
Read Psalm 32. When have you hidden from God? When has God been your hiding place?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. We are ambassadors for Christ. How does your life display for others that life in Christ eliminates worldly identity labels?
Read Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Do you identify with the prodigal son, the elder son, or the father in the parable? Are you ready to rejoin God’s household on God’s terms? Are you ready to welcome everyone home?

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