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Luke 15:11-32

Then Jesus said, "There was a man who had two sons.
The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the
share of the property that will belong to me.' So he divided
his property between them.

A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and
traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his
property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything,
a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he
began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to
one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields
to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the
pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him
anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many
of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare,
but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my
father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against
heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called
your son; treat me like one of your hired hands."'
So he set off and went to his father. But while he
was still far off, his father saw him and was filled
with compassion; he ran and put his arms
around him and kissed him.
Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned
against heaven and before you; I am no longer
worthy to be called your son. But the father said
to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out 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 was dead 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 heard music
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 him back safe and sound. Then
he became angry and refused to go in. His father
came out and began to plead with him.

But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these


years I have been working like a slave for you, and I
have never disobeyed your command; yet you have
never given me even a young goat so that I might
celebrate with my friends. But when this son of
yours came back, who has devoured your property
with prostitutes, you killed 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.'"
Key points

Luke 15:20-24 So he set off and went to his father. But


while he was still far off, his father saw him and was
filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around
him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, 'Father, I
have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no
longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said
to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out 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 was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found!'
Prodigality

Extravagant wastefulness
Profuse generosity
Extreme abundance
Lavishness
useless or profitless activity
using or expending or consuming
thoughtlessly or carelessly
Jesus' parable was in response to the
Pharisees' criticism of His involvement
with sinners.
It is the story line of the whole
autobiography of God, lived and told by
Emmanuel, God with us.
Gods love is always there for us. We cannot
buy his love, and we do not have to win
Gods love by what we do and accomplish.
Meister Eckhart, once said, Nobody at
anytime is cut off from God. It is just
impossible to lose God.
But somehow, sometime, somewhere in life,
we have forgotten this. We have placed limits
on the love of God.
Our god
But we have often worshiped a different
god- a god whose love we can buy, a
god we can bargain with, a god whose
exacting justice surpasses his
compassion.
We have become accustomed to an
idea of a god who can be vengeful, a
god who demands justice
proportional to the sin and offense, a
god who can banish people to hell, and
a god who can approve of the
destruction of life for justice sake.
In a highly consumer and achievement
oriented society, the Good News is that
Gods love is not one more product that
can be bought, and Gods love is not
one more trophy to win.
Gods love is always given free to all,
whatever you do, whoever you are
and that love cannot be lost.
Meister Eckhart said, Whether you go
away or return, God never leaves you.
God is always present.
Why this loving without conditions?
What did we do to deserve that?
Nothing.
That's the mystery and wonder of it all.
But we need love, forgiveness, and
reconciliation more than breathing,
food, or sleep.
That's what He offers because that's
what He is -the Prodigal God.
Step 1
Do not seek revenge: Put an end to
the offending action.
Revenge focuses your attention and
energy on the past.
It reminds you again and again of the
offense.
Fuels your resentment.
Step 2

It is releasing ones
rightful resentment a
psychological imperative, a
necessity for healing the
psyche.
True forgiveness does not
deny the depth of pain. What
is unforgivable about
injuries is the breaking of
trust, the shattering of our
belief systems.
Step three
Share your pain with someone
If I am listened to, simply listened to, I
have all the space to myself, and yet,
there is someone there.
Your are no longer alone.
You share not only your secret, but
also the burden of your suffering.
Step four

Stop blaming yourself


Dont pity yourself
Dont punish yourself.
It is not forgetting the injury.
It is simply not to go on
replaying the resentment with
each memory.
It is to free the heart and mind.
It adds to the level of goodness
in the universe.
Step five
Forgive yourself one of the most
difficult movement
from victim,
self-pity,
feeling right,
broken ideal images
to acceptance of who I am at this stage of
my life.
You move yourself from
being the victim to being the
agent of our lifes situation.
Simply let go.Forgiveness and the Freedom of Letting go.flv
Forgiveness is a personal
decision.
Forgiveness is not yet
reconciliation.
Reconciliation is
interpersonal.
There is no obligation to love the
offender.
This is simply the product of
magnanimity and compassion that
precede and follow upon the choice
to forgive. It cuts to the core.

Healing comes from inside out.


Do not wait for the right moment..
Non-foreclosure
and spontaneity
are the hallmarks
of a forgiving
heart.
Step 8
Know that you are worthy of
forgiveness and are already
forgiven.
God has been waiting for you.
God has embraced the whole of you
(your ugliness and your beauty).
God loves you for who you are. How
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The past no longer
determines the future; the
circle of rights is broken; the
future has potential rework
the script for our lifes story.
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Questions
1. Have I experienced the prodigality of
Gods love in my religious journey?
Have I deeply claimed it?

2. Have I forgiven myself? Or Am I still grieving


and holding on to my hurts and resentment?

3. Have I forgiven others or do I still keep a


painful and resentful memory of them?