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The good news for the day March 18, 2017

Saturday of the Second Week in Lent (235)

Rich crooks and public sinners would all come to listen to Jesus, but religious leaders and “smart” folks would complain: “This man welcomes bad people and eats right alongside them.” To these Jesus addressed this story. “Once upon a time, a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, ‘Father, let me have ahead of time the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So, the father did divide his property between them. After a few days, the younger son gathered up all his stuff and left for a distant country. There he squandered his inheritance on a life of pleasure. When he had spent everything away, a severe famine struck that country—and he found himself in real poverty. He hired himself out to one of the locals who sent him out to his farm to take care of pigs! The young man wished he could eat some of the junk food on which the pigs were feeding—but nobody would give him any. Coming to his senses he realized, ‘How many of my father’s employees have more than enough food to eat—here I am, dying of hunger. I am going to get up, go back to my father and tell him, “Father, I have acted badly before heaven and against you. I don’t deserve to be called your son; treat me like one of your employees.”‘ So, he got up and went on back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his watchful father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran out to his son, hugged him and kissed him. His son recited his line: ‘Father, I have acted badly before heaven and against you; I don’t deserve to be called your son….’ Interrupting, his father ordered his staff, ‘Quickly, bring the best suit, and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and do something for his feet. Take the readiest animal, slaughter it, and let us celebrate with a banquet! This son of mine was dead, and has come back to life; he was lost, and he’s been found.’ Then partying began. As it happened, the older son had been out in the field working, and, on his way back, as he got close to home, he heard the sound of music and dancing. He stopped an employee and asked what was going on. The employee told him, ‘Your brother has come home!. Your father has slaughtered the readiest animal because he has him back safe and sound.’ He got mad, He refused to enter the house. His father came out and pleaded with him. To his father he replied, ‘Look, all these years I did my job for you and not once did I disobey your orders—yet you never gave me even a young animal from the ones you own so I could party with my friends. Now—when your son comes home—someone who used up your property on prostitutes—for HIM, you provide the best cut of meat!’ The father said to him, ‘My son, you are with me here always; everything I have is available to you. Right now we have to celebrate—be happy—because your brother was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and has been found.'” (Luke 15)

Every human is—you and I are–the selfish child who finally gets it, the father who cares and loves others, and the jealous, serious, and hard-working brother who DOESN’T get it. It is about waking up, appreciating—seeing!

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