no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bringout a robe--the best one--and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine wasdead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate."Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heardmusic and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied,'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got himback safe and sound.' Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out andbegan to plead with him. But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these years I havebeen working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet youhave never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. Butwhen this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, youkilled the fatted calf for him!' Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me,and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'"Good Morning!Today’s gospel scripture is commonly known as the parable of the Prodigal Son.It is among the best-known and most fascinating stories in literature not just the NewTestament of the Bible, with songs, books, paintings, movies retelling this story downthrough the ages.One morning in godly play the teacher was telling the story of the Prodigal Son,emphasizing the resentment the older brother expressed at his little brother. When theteacher finished telling the story, she asked the class, “Now who was really sad that theprodigal son had come home?” After a period of silence, one little boy raised his hand andsaid, “I think it was the fatted calf.”So, whether you enter the story today with the fatted calf, the resentful older child,the rebellious child, the sibling rivalries or the dysfunctional family, who couldn’t sit downto dinner together, this parable expresses many levels of truth to connect with.The scripture begins with a complaint, probably a whole sermon on that idea alone,but for another time. While this may seem to be a different story from what follows withthe man with two sons, it is not. "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them," as theopening voices define themselves and define Jesus and define others. And this parable isJesus reply.Although the world remembers the brothers,(and the fatted calf) Jesus wants us toremember the father, who cannot get his family to sit down at the same table. Both sonsbelieve the illusion that they can be in relationship with their father without being relatedto each other.