Today’s narrative combines two key passages from the lectionary readings. These Bible selections cover reconciliation with God (Luke 15:1-3,11b-32) and the newness of life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). The story of the prodigal in Luke reveals reassuring truth about four transforming, related “Rs”: repentance, redemption, restoration, and reconciliation. Jesus framed all this within a parable, which is a story designed to illustrate principles. The four Rs are so closely related that any one of which can carry the meaning of reclaiming a healthy spiritual status. As for the prodigal story, the setting is in a family, wherein the father had two sons, one olderRead More →