Lent Wk 4 and The Two Sons – Luke 15

I hope that you have been able to find ways to be awake over this Lenten season. If you care to share something you’re doing, something you find helpful, or an experience you’ve had while practicing being awake share it with all of us.

Here’s a couple announcements for this week:

  • Tomorrow is our Voluntary Simplicity class, which is still open for new people to join. We also have childcare available. If the price of the book ($20) is a deterrent come anyways, we’ll work something out.
  • This Sunday is our business meeting at 6pm. Committees are meeting at 4pm.

The Tale of the Two Sons

“Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”” (Luke 15:11–32)


  • What are the similarities and differences between these two brothers?
  • What can this text teach us about being awake?
  • Have you ever had an experience that was similar to one of the three characters in this story?


  1. i can definitely relate with both brothers.

    i relate with the younger brother as there are times i feel separate and disconnected with god, but then there is a revelation, a realization of that gap, and i seek him. i pray for closeness with god.

    i relate with the older brother as there are times i do things for the wrong reasons. i may be doing the right thing but i’m not cheerful about it. i pray for an attitude check when i need one.

  2. Jason, Thanks for sharing this. I too connect with both though I feel like the older brother makes more sense to me most often. I appreciate that the father in the parable reached out and shared his love with both sons.

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