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The story of our lavishly forgiving, abundantly generous, welcoming-arms-around-us, kissing, party-throwing father in heaven.

Unfortunately, the Gospel appointed for this Sunday is what most people call the story of “the prodigal (or “lost”) son.”   You can read it here in the New Revised Standard Version or here in The Message paraphrase. I say it’s unfortunate that most people call it the story of “the prodigal son,” because the prodigal (lost) son isn’t really the point of the story. The point of the story the way it is in the Bible – the point of the story the way that master storyteller Jesus tell it – is the story of “the forgiving father.”  Jesus was indeed a master storyteller.   So let’s assume he knew what he was doing when he made the main character of the story the father , and not the son. Listen to the way Jesus begins the story: “There was a man who had two sons…” If Jesus wanted the main character to be the lost son, he’s have started the story differently, perhaps with, “there was a son, who had a brother and a rich father…” No, the main character of this