Read: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.
If children are present, consider role playing this parable. This is one of the most well known parables in the Bible. It has been described as the parable of the prodigal son. It has also been named the parable of the prodigal father. Prodigal means wasteful. How are the son and the father in this parable wasteful?
The story is preceded by two other parables about the lost being found and an accusation that Jesus “welcomes sinners and eats with them” (v.2). The current parable ends with the father saying “this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found” (v. 32). Jesus tells the story of a selfish, disrespectful, and disobedient son whose life has fallen apart and yet is fully received once again by his father. Who do you relate to most in this parable? The accepting father? The resentful older son? The disobedient younger son? Explain.
Pray: Dear Lord, you who welcome sinners and eat with them, we thank you for accepting us as we are and restoring us with extravagant love. Amen.