Random pickings from a Lutheran pastor devoted to the life of Christ in the Body of Christ for the life of the world.
11 July 2011
Homily for Trinity 3
The father reaches for (his) robe to put on his son.
After a couple of years of preaching on Luke 15:1-10 for the Third Sunday after Trinity, I thought it was about time to use the alternate Gospel, Luke 15:11-32, "The Parable of the Prodigal Father." Yes, you read that correctly! Thanks to Kenneth Bailey's writings on this parable and the cultural context in which it was given, the father in Jesus' parable sure seems to be quite "prodigal"--no, not "wandering," but rather "wasteful" or "recklessly extravagant"--quite a bit more prodigal than the younger son. What a perfect way for our Lord Jesus to teach and proclaim that our Father in heaven is quite prodigal in His mercy and forgiveness for us, and all because of the Son's dying and rising for us.