The Parable of the Prodigal Son is about a forgiving Father with TWO Sons. Each of which takes up half of the Parable. But on which Son was Jesus focusing the point of his Parable and where are the clues to this in the passage?
Fr. Bill offers in his Sunday Homily a different take on who the real focus of the Parable is and the implications it has not only for those to whom Jesus directed the Parable, but for us who hear it again and again in the modern world.
Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent – Year C
The Prodigal Son is a famous Parable of the New Testament that can be understood on multiple levels. There is even an unknown family member whom Jesus never mentions in the parable, but can yet be discovered by our proper response to God’s celebration when the Lost are Found.
In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector Jesus presents two ways of praying, as well as two dispositions for prayer. How do we fit into both (not one or the other) of these examples and how can we grow away from the example of the Pharisee, to the humility and God-centered prayer of the Tax Collector?