The Story We Think We Know-lenten devotion

Luke 14:1-3, 11-32

The story of the prodigal son is one of the best known of the parables of Jesus. There are sermons and writings on this parable that cover every character, every action, and even some speculative actions related to the story. So what happens when it becomes the text for a time of Lectio Divina?

First, approach the text from the awareness of how well it is known and what one believes about its purpose, perspective and meaning are for them. Awareness of familiarity can help prevent a person’s being distracted by the known while seeking an illumination for your own life.

Second, be willing to spend more time in reflection, meditation, and contemplation when dealing with a text like this. This allows the message to move beyond the head to the heart.

Have you ever faced criticism that you felt pretty sure was meant to hurt? Or perhaps, criticism that had no malicious intent, but it hurt and brought on a feeling of inadequacy anyway? Perhaps the criticism came from a wrong decision you made, a word you spoke that was poorly chosen, or a foolish action engaged in without forethought? You were wrong and you know it, but the words of someone else magnified the wrong to the point that it inflicted some emotional damage.

This is not a good place to be in. Such a state can make one even doubt if God loves you. But then there is the story.

There can be times in which we get angry, really angry because of a perceived or real injustice. You don’t want to forgive. The person who wronged you cost you. You want recompense. But then there is the story.

You are in a situation that is stressful at best. The two sides seem far apart. You have no idea what the final result will be. Then there is the story, the Father’s story. This is what I learned today.