No matter who might want to be the judge of who is in and who is out, God is ready to throw a massive party to celebrate every stupid sheep, every seemingly worthless coin, and every ingrate child that was lost but is found. God is always ready to welcome me home, whether or not I’m here for the right reasons. God is desperate to be in a relationship with everyone, but we can remain on the outside looking in because of our own expectations, prejudices, and lack of grace. … More Parable of the Gracious Father
This parable is an invitation to sit in the parabolic room of faith – to listen and perceive. This parable is also a way of understanding that Jesus is describing something mysterious and beyond perfect comprehension.
… More An Invitation to the Room of Faith
Jesus sets up the story, and he prepares us for the punchline; but, instead of delivering, Jesus ends the story by asking a question to the listeners, the chief priests and Pharisees. It is the listeners who offer the end of the story. Or, at least, that is what it seems. … More Parable without an End