"...your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' " (Luke 15:32)
We have all heard of the story of the Prodigal son in Luke's Gospel account.
The younger brother who:
- shamed his father by demanding his inheritance there and then;
- flittered away this inheritance through sinful lust;
- came to repentance while wallowing in a pig sty;
- was restored by his father on his return home.
And - while the Pharisees listened to the story told by Jesus with grinding teeth, and murderous intentions - we all marvel at the unconditional love, forgiveness, and mercy poured out by the father.
But lurking all the while in the background was another prodigal...