Weekly Homily from Fr Jim Hogan, Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016

I suspect most of you know the parable of today’s gospel so well you can tell it to your grandkids without notes.  So I won’t to burden you by retelling the story.  Instead I hope I can help you find some fresh, personal insight into this parable of “The Prodigal Son”.

Why did Jesus tell this story?  He told it because of the attitudes of the Pharisees toward him.  They were good and sincere people.  Many considered  the Pharisees to be examples of what a pious Jew ought to be.  However as Jesus moved around Galilee, he and his companions were surrounded by rumors and even accusations.  The Pharisees knew he was attracting more and more people and they found that troublesome.

There were many forms and levels of participation in the Jesus movement. Many were touched by Jesus and drawn by his teaching.  They took the Gospel, the good news, to heart.

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