Open Episcopal Minister
The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Which Character Are You?
Posted: 03/10/2013 8:31 pm
Who do we find ourselves to be the Parable of the Prodigal Son told in the Gospel of St. Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32? Are we the prodigal, the father, the citizens of the country, the brother, the slave, or perhaps the pigs? Maybe we find ourselves to be none of these characters and wonder why it is we must hear this story again and again. After all, it is read every third year on the 4th Sunday of Lent and constantly in every Sunday School classroom on earth. The Eastern traditions uses the passage every single year leading up to Lent! There is a reason for this, the story speaks to everyone, if we will have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.
Typically when we hear this parable of Christ we are beckoned by the homilist to find ourselves in the person of the Prodigal Son and this is undoubtedly true. We have each been the person who has decided to do things on their own accord, went off in our own direction, wasted our times and resources to only then realize the mistake we have made. We have presumed to know best when others have tried to tell us otherwise. Then, and only then, have we each made the humbling journey of return to where we should have never departed from. This is life, this is reality. It is apart of learning and growing, becoming our true selves. Did we not all learn the affects of fire or heat sources by burning ourselves, at some point in life, even when a parent tried to warn us. Have we not all been guilty of thinking our elders were silly or ‘not cool’ when they warned us of a certain behavior, to only afterward see their wisdom? We each have been the Prodigal Person, in differing degrees perhaps, but each of us have made mistakes on the journey of life. If you have not made a mistake you must still be in your mother’s womb, otherwise you are only fooling yourself!
The few problems with this parable of the prodigal son are:
[-] A pardon to a son with gifts and celebration, which was really no help to him!
Ok. His son comes back to him! DID HE GO OUT AND LOOK FOR HIM!? NO…!
The outcome of the story finally is not told to us! It is a incomplete story!
[-] These days you do not give an irresponsible authority again, until after
quite sometime of trial and error!
[-] To be unjust with the other brother and do this for the prodigal, was no
example of justice! IT is a mere love story for another son!
[-] THIS PARABLE SIMPLY SHOWS THAT EVEN TODAY YOU CAN GO BROKE
AND FALL INTO REAL DISGRACE! AND A RICH PERSON WILL NOT HAVE
MUCH FOR YOU! AS GOVERNMENTS DON’T.
THIS PRODIGAL WAS REAL LUCKY TO HAVE A PARDONING FATHER,
RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING AN IRRESPONSIBLE SON!
[-] TO EMBELLISH crap surreal stories to niceties, is not better than dreams,
as to true reality…!
[-] This Parable is proof of what humans really are: the RICH, money, and that
you can loose it all, and fall into real disgrace! Even to this day! Yeah!
Do you find any other problems of logic with this story?