This week we will be living with Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son and the elder brother. Luke tells us the context in which Jesus told the parable:
The Pharisees and the scribes were adrift; the sinners and tax collectors are shipwrecked. When Jesus enters the picture, those who are shipwrecked are ready to welcome him. Those who are adrift keep their distance, criticizing him. With whom will we identify; those who are shipwrecked, welcoming the savior, or those who are adrift, refusing to acknowledge how far off course they are?
Notice how instinctively drawn to Jesus the shipwrecked folk are. His bearing is one of mercy, not judgment. Do we have his bearing?