belonging

THE PRODIGAL SON: To Belong

March 25, 2014

For me, the parable of the prodigal son stands out from all the other parables.  For me, it doesn’t belong to that category of stories Jesus told, inscrutable teachings from the master.  And it isn’t one of those Chinese finger traps, where you go into the story and then find no apparent way out again. For me, the parable of the prodigal son is a ballet.  It is a story told in the sweep of arms, the delicate, and not so delicate, work of feet; based on pure emotion. And it is, first and foremost, a tragedy.  And, no, not, for me anyway, in the way it is normally viewed as a tragedy resolved rightly. It is as clear a telling of what it means to belong, and, more painfully, of what it means to feel as though we don’t [...]