Sunday of the Prodigal Son. (Personal reflection)
There are several sermon ideas one can pull out of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. One would be to examine how I have estranged myself from God by my actions, like the prodigal. A valuable endeavor, but not where I want to go today. Another would be to look at how unforgiveness hurts my relationship with the Father like the elder son. Again a valuable exercise but also not what I want to ruminate about today. Still one could meditate on how the Father went out to both of his sons rather than expecting them to come to him; again, good spiritual food — not today’s meditation. What I focused on this year as I read the hymns of Vespers and Matins is. . . . the wealth.. the wealth that was squandered. We were created in the Image and likeness of God to fellowship with Him in His Kingdom. The wealth we squander is the likeness of God in us. We squander it when we run away from fellowship with God. When I run from God, I squander the wealth of His likeness in foreign countries. I take His treasure, and my inheritance and treat it like trash. When I refuse to pray I starve myself of spiritual food. It is upon me to return to the Father and eat the spiritual banquet. Lent is soon upon us. An excellent time for that.