The Word This Week

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo BatoniAs today we hear the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son (or the Forgiving Father), the message is Reconciliation – the making new of relationships, the healing of past wrongs and the opening of ourselves to the “new creation”. This is just as the Israelites opened themselves to the New Creation of the Promised Land, when under Joshua they ended their sojourn in the wilderness after forty years of hardship, and began to eat of the produce of the country. It is all God’s work: it is God who calls us back, and God who welcomes us into the Promised Land of his mercy when we return. So today, let us think not so much of sin and offences, as the new creation God offers us, if we but turn back to him and embrace him as our Father.

Today’s Scripture
Joshua 5: 9 – 12;
2 Corinthians 5: 17 – 21;
Luke 15: 1 – 3, 11 – 32.

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