"Great Catch of Fish," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Luke 15:1-32 Commentary
by Sharon H. Ringe
I had assigned the “parables of the losts” (Luke 15:1-10) for the practicum in biblical interpretation at the seminary where I teach. We started by sharing our experiences of losing things. We came up with the inevitable lost keys and even lost pets, but the stories of the extravagant joy of the characters in the parables seemed over the top. After all, the celebrations for the friends and neighbors cost more than the lost items were worth.
A few days later the attacks of 9/11 happened, and following them, the news reports of posters and photos captioned with things like:
“LOST: MY WIFE SUSAN. SHE WORKED ON THE 93RD FLOOR OF TOWER #1”
“HAS ANYONE SEEN MY BROTHER MIGUEL?”
“OUR DADDY IS MISSING!"
All too rarely, there would be celebrations when someone was located. The armor of our privilege had been pierced, and suddenly we understood the parables. When the class met again the following week, our conversations about the text changed. ...
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Narrative Lectionary 072: Prodigal Son
March 03, 2013
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Mary Shore, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's readings are: Luke 15:1-32; and Psalm 119:167-176 or 119:176.