For me, personally, the possible conversion of the elder son is of crucial importance.--Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son (Doubleday 1994), 79
There is much in me of that group of which Jesus is most critical: the Pharisees and the scribes. I have studied the books, learned about the laws, and often presented myself as an authority in religious matters. People have shown me a great deal of respect and even called me 'reverend.' I have been rewarded with compliments and praise. . . . I have been critical of many types of behavior and often passed judgment on others.
So when Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son, I have to listen with the awareness that I am closest to those who elicited the story from Jesus with the remark: 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.'
12 August 2010
Henri Nouwen on Luke 15
Posted by Dane Ortlund at Thursday, August 12, 2010