Day: Lent 4C
Lectionary Passage: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Scripture Focus: Luke 15:22-24
Object: Party Hat, optional
You know, there is nothing more fun than a great party. And there are all kinds of reasons to have a party. You can have a birthday party. Lots of people have parties around Christmas time. I’ve been to parties for Valentine’s Day and Saint Patrick’s Day. You can pretty much have a party for any reason.
In our Bible story today, a father is throwing a big party to celebrate the return of his son. You see, the son had decided to leave home and go off into the world all on his own. His dad didn’t want him to leave but he gave him some money anyway and off the son went. But after a little while, he had spent all his money on silly things and he was lonely and hungry. Finally, he decided to go home. He expected his dad to be angry because the boy hadn’t listened to his father. But instead his dad was so happy to see him home again that he decided to throw a really big party to celebrate his return.
And you know, I think that’s exactly what God does every time someone becomes friends with Jesus. God celebrates! God is so happy that people become friends with Jesus that God forgets all the bad stuff that happened in the past and just celebrates that we’re Christians now. It’s like God throws a big party!
Let’s pray: God, thank you for always welcoming us to be your followers and for sending Jesus to help show us the way. Amen.