Monday 4 March 2013

Jesus the Eldest

Reflecting on the parable of the Prodigal Son, the question occurred to me: which of the characters is Jesus? I have never asked myself this question. He is certainly not the younger son, but he is not the elder son either.

Or perhaps: he is the Elder Son, the Eldest Son of the Father, who is "always with the Father." But an Elder Son who rejoices, celebrates when the Younger Son comes back. And in fact, while the Father "stays at home," goes in search of the Lost Sheep.

And what is the "sin against heaven and against you"? The share of the property belongs to the Younger Son: he takes what is his rightful share. But: he has no patience. He claims by right what is gift. And he squanders it. He is left with nothing. He eats the food of the pigs. (That's quite something, especially in this Middle Eastern culture.)

Jesus reveals to us the Face of the Father.

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