March 10th, 2010
by Jennifer Davis Sensenig, pastor at Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg
Read: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Prodigal means exceedingly or recklessly wasteful. I’ve been re-reading this familiar parable, with Jesus in the center.
Listen to a story.
God had a Son who left home and went to a distant country, to first century Palestine. There he told stories, and used his power to proclaim freedom and offer healing. He taught a way of peace, preached good news, and generously forgave. He earned a reputation for keeping company with sinners, women, and thieving tax-collectors. Everywhere this Son went he wasted God’s love and wisdom on ordinary people until his divine treasure was spent. What a waste! At his lowest point, this Son died a humiliating death on a Roman (Gentile) cross. But he rose and returned to his heavenly home. Upon his return, God’s Son was received like a king with a robe, ring, sandals and a feast to end all feasts.
Many of us, like the elder brother, are in the field today doing our work. But the music of the Great Resurrection Feast is drifting our way, like Easter hallelujahs. Lent is God’s invitation to join the celebration of our reckless Brother who was dead is now alive.