Salvation is now possible because of the remarkable gift of Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Yet I doubt Jesus was trying to highlight the penalties of being the first-born. But Christians do this all the time. There is much to learn about grace from the story of the son who rebels and returns. Jesus gave us the answer in the account of the Prodigal son’s brother.[i]. He is understandably offended by the pain the younger brother’s selfish and irresponsible behavior inflicted on their father. He wanted his share of the inheritance, and he wanted it immediately. He is excluded from the banquet, not by the father, but by his own unwillingness to find joy in his brother’s redemption. Faithful son 3. It was the younger brother who found true virtue and holiness because he humbled himself before his father, admitted his sins and pleaded for forgiveness. kinds of quirks. Summary of the Lessons from the Prodigal Son Luke 15 Characters 1. Lessons we learn in life cause us to view things differently as we get older. My vanity in associating with the ‘good’ daughter for many years was simply that – vanity. Where is the justice? Returning to the parable, Jesus shows us what happens to those who refuse to forgive. If the gospel does not power to save from incredible distances, it is just a nice philosophy. Separation a. When nothing else works, they sit patiently with their Father and scan the horizon for the first motion of their loved ones’ return. I will love you even if you … abandon your covenants. Everything the father currently owned belonged to the elder son upon the father's death as the younger son had his share already. I completely understand the older brother’s frustration. True sons and daughters of God are “filled with this love.”[iv] They assume that there are “no coincidences in the lives of righteous people.”[v] If they encounter someone who needs loving and saving, they assume that God placed that person in their path. Sadly, the older brother is just as f He judged that his brother was unworthy of the family’s love. We must also serve as a conduit of this mercy by joyfully welcoming the repentance of sinners and freely offering love and forgiveness to all those willing to accept it. In our relationship with God, we are all like the prodigal son, separated from our Father, by our self-centredness. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! True sons and daughters of God will withhold judgment, and not sit by as apathetic observers. The younger son would have his room and board but would not gain again what he had lost. We must also serve as a conduit of this mercy by joyfully welcoming the repentance of sinners and freely offering love and forgiveness to all those willing to accept it. His father might be willing to forgive, but by golly, he wouldn’t! While the younger brother might be his father’s son, he was no longer a brother to him. She was sick of her sinful life and wanted to come home. It recounts a son's departure from his father's home, the lessons he learns, and his return, wiser for the experience. [ii] This incensed the Pharisees, and they challenged Jesus about the propriety of his actions. Perhaps, prodigals are already among us and have come and gone for a long time. The youngest son said he wanted his part of his father’s money now. The Prodigal Son:. These parables are sometimes called the “heart of the gospel.” If the gospel doesn’t work on this level, nothing else matters. What Are We Going To Do About Pope Francis? Rather be with others than be with the Father 4. They devote their lives to the plan of redemption. The gospel even mentions that … At that critical moment, a true friend could have made all the difference. Father 2. It also serves as a dire warning of the grave consequences for refusing to extend our own meager mercy to our neighbor. I will love you even if you … yell at me. A couple days later, the younger son packed his things and traveled to a country far away. Both were still sons of the father but the elder son was the faithful "owner" if you want to put it that way. Experience teaches you to recognize a mistake once you make it again – anon, Denise, you have made a very important point-so often I dearly want Christ’s mercy for me (and I need it), but it is a real pain for me to then extend that same mercy to some others. Harsh judgment will turn them away; charity will embrace them and create a network of healing support. “Charity is the pure love of Christ,” meaning the type of love that comprises the power of Christ to search out, seek, wait patiently, reinstate and rejoice. [viii]        Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, Feb 1993, 64. 3 Things We Can Learn from The Prodigal Son's Brother 1. [vii]         Nibley, Approaching Zion, 53-54. [iii]         1 Corinthians 1:1-3; Moroni 7:46. No one came to sit by her; no one shook her hand. Last night, I was reading a parable from the bible to the kids before bed. The father reaches out to him and pleads for him to enter and join the celebration. Then when his prodigal brother finally did return, he would not accept his brother as an equal part of the family. She and her husband John have been married for thirty years and have lived all over the United States, courtesy of John's Air Force career. They always have their antennae up, looking for opportunities to bring people to Christ. But forgiveness is hard. A Story of the Oldest Son in a Parable about the Prodigal – Parables Series 4 – Part 6. She also writes a monthly column for Zenit.org. Now she was afraid for her daughter, who also wanted to return to church, but this daughter was an unwed mother who was struggling to recover from years of drug abuse. When we see the older brother he is outside the banquet. This story about our spiritual family says some important things to parents and children about their own family in this modern world. Thank you for this fine Easter message. But blinded by our pride, we think we're the older brother, trapped in a futile cycle of attempting to earn and justify God’s love. I will love you even if you … are committed to prison. He refuses. 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We have no mention of the second son’s waiting with his father, day after day, scanning the horizon for a familiar figure to finally appear. He forgave them. To assume jealousy is to put words in the Savior's mouth. Genuine love-charity-saving love-offers returning prodigals a soft place to land. The central themes of these parables are the love of Christ, the value he places on a wayward soul, and his disdain for hypocrisy in people who ought to be about the work of the Father. I will love you even if you … choose an alternative lifestyle. We now find ourselves basking in the glow of the Easter season for Christ has redeemed us. I get so enamored with … I once spoke with a prodigal. ” As any oldest child will tell you, Mom and Dad are never as hard on the youngest as they were on the oldest. We are informed that when the prodigal son finally returned home, his father immediately reinstated the boy into full family fellowship, which was represented by the robe, ring and shoes. Learn more. His soul was actually severely wounded by pride leaving him bitter and unhappy. True sons and daughters of God will manifest unconditional love, the pure love of Christ that has the power to save. In short we do not know the entire story. A ring, robe and shoes and a celebratory feast are beyond his imagination. He was the one who enjoyed the father’s banquet. I don't judge the elder son. My lengthy list of faults is living proof. Your email address will not be published. Both Paul and Mormon-two witnesses!-taught us that without charity we are nothing. The Older Brother An important lesson can also be drawn from the example of the older son in the parable. Stunning Photo Essay: Christ the Lord is Risen Today! He embraced them. The one considered dead had … [ii]          Luke 15:1-2. Was he really interested in his father and his father’s concerns? We wonder if he was relieved that he no longer had to associate with his sinful brother. They search the mountains and valleys; they shine a light and sweep and seek for their precious missing brothers and sisters. You thoughts were a welcome reminder to this first born. The Parable of the Lost Son, or the Prodigal Son as many call it, has three main characters: The father and his two sons. Older Brother Sin Luke 15:11-32 is one of the most famous parables in the Bible. It is also the story of a family's journey to reconciliation. She attracted what she interpreted as judgmental glances. We glibly declare that we need to love the sinner and hate the sin but when the sinner repents and asks for our forgiveness we all too often point our fingers in judgment and demand retribution. The Prodigal Son- From His Brother’s Perspective. Everyone was happy, except one: the prodigal’s brother. Cover image via JW.org. Jesus’ response to the Pharisee’s criticism was his relating three parables: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Prodigal Son. He (she) simply does not know if love and welcome are waiting there. To me the lesson is not who was right or wrong in the end. You can be a Christian and still fail to maximise your relationship with the Father Instead, at that point, another major character is introduced, the elder brother, and with his story, another pointed lesson for the scribes and Pharisees—and especially for us. The younger one said to him, “Father, give me my share of the property now”. Selfishness 3. This morning were going to be learning lessons from the prodigal son. I’ve often struggled with this passage because I identified so fondly (pridefully) with the older son. Copyright © A.D. 2018 Catholic Stand | Powered by Astra. It was about the prodigal son. I will love you even if you … commit sexual sin. The parable of the prodigal son; sometimes termed “the lost son” as narrated by Jesus himself (Luke 15: 11-32); is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love. She had made a recent attempt, quietly sitting alone on the back row of Relief Society. Each one of us can relate in some way to the parable Jesus told about a prodigal son, his father, and his older brother. Verse 31 tells us how the father... 3. He always had his antennae up, searching for the one who had wandered, seeking the one who was lost, and patiently waiting and praying for the rebellious one to reconsider and start home. The moral lesson of the Prodigal Son, is there is always hope for RESTORATION! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. There’s even a connection to Easter, as on two occasions the Father in the parable says, “my son was dead and is … The return of the Prodigal Son is a time of great rejoicing, for the son who was once lost is now found. “But for over 30 years, I have had congregations who are mostly made up of elder brothers,” Barnes said. Like Jesus, they plead with their prodigal siblings not to leave home, but when that happens, they go out to find them. “What is the gospel […] She is a fellow with Human Life International and regularly contributes to the HLI Truth & Charity Forum. 1. This sin was unforgivable. He judged that his brother was unworthy of the family’s love. He expects the same of us. Parable of the Prodigal Son Part II, The Elder Brother A lesson in bitterness and forgiveness Pastor John E. Dubler Poison brought to the party: The celebration had barely begun when the resentments of the older brother became an issue. An insight by an eldest sibling, Jenna Tan. Significantly, we are told, he stood outside his father’s house “and would not go in.” The symbolism of remaining outside the Father’s house is striking. When he received news that his prodigal brother had wasted his substance on riotous living and was now eating with the pigs, did he say in his heart, “Well, at last my brother has received his due”? But have you ever wondered why Jesus included the character of the older brother? We can exclude ourselves from the banquet of Heaven with our refusal to forgive. The older brother’s pride highlights the disparity between his own virtue and his brother’s vices. We might ask ourselves: At what point would my love cease for a family member or a non-family member? Upon hearing the news that the prodigal had returned and was suddenly his equal, the brother reacted with anger and discouragement. They are not afraid to love: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.”[vi] Rather, when they encounter someone who is hurting and who wants to come home, they show love unconditionally; they respond with their consecrated time, talents and means to embrace and rescue the tender prodigal. Hopefully, he did sooner rather than later. When he taught his disciples to pray, he instructed them to forgive those who sin against them just as they ask the Father to forgive their own sins. When the father came out to beg the second son to reconsider (notice that the father has now rushed to recover both his sons), the boy complained that he was being treated unfairly. Most prodigals will eventually try to return home, but if they have no loving, accepting friends waiting for them, they probably will not remain. How many people, trapped by sin or the urgency of their circumstances, helplessly flounder about while inside they are silently screaming? Image: Brandon Robinson The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is a familiar one to many Christians. The Prodigal Son parable is a call to reconcile and rejoice. It depicts the destructive nature of sin, the love of God the Father, and the joy of reconciliation. Jesus gave these parables to defend his preferring to work with sinners over his seeking the fellowship of the self-righteous. Being first born, I also tend to identify with the older son and I’m glad you went into depth about the warning Jesus was giving us concerning not forgiving others. True sons and daughters of God do the work of their Father. There are two pig pens in this story. The Prodigal Son's Brother Chapter 15 of Luke is the start of a new discussion as Jesus makes his way into Jerusalem to fulfill his ultimate sacrificial mission. This third parable is 3 dimensional there is a lesson in the loving father, the prodigal son, and the elder brother. Editor’s Note: Our friend and longtime Meridian writer Larry Barkdull passed away. It is good to "come home" but you can't get back the wasted time or erase the consequences of bad decisions even if you have fully repented. Then the father called together his household for a celebration and a feast. [iii] Charity is a different kind of love; it is the celestial quality of love–saving love. Jesus began the parable about a man that had 2 sons. Christ never shunned the sinner. True sons and daughters of God test their love against the “even if” list. Jesus began by saying: There was once a man who had two sons. And everybody in the ward knew. But, there is also a lot to learn from the one who stays behind. Perhaps because I am an oldest child, I have always felt a kinship with this older brother who strode the straight and narrow path and always worked to please his father. Elder Marvin J. Ashton said, “Hate is not the opposite of love. Families are the foundation of life. The worst kind of hypocrisy is to pretend piety and loyalty to God but turn away from the work of God. How pompous and arrogant! [v]          “Encouraging Advice Prophetic for Couple Embarking on Future,” LDS Church News, 07/11/98. Denise's vocation is being a wife, mother, and grandmother. There are other glaring character flaws. He set the perfect example of being about his Father’s business, which is redemption. All the gospel learning in the world does not compensate for failure to do the work of redemption. The father gave his son what he wanted, even though he knew it was bad for him. This filth, or “pigpen,” is no place for a child of God to be fed spiritually. Where, would we judge, does God’s love cease? [iv]         Moroni 7:47-48. It begins with the Scribes and Pharisees grumbling because Jesus always allowed sinners to listen to him and eat with hi He refused to participate in the Father’s work of redemption, but he expected the Father to reward him anyway. And yet it is, after all, the main reason Jesus told the parable. Or perhaps they regularly attend, but retreat to an area where they can sit alone and try to remain unnoticed–somewhere they can silently scream because of the pain of their circumstances. Perhaps his judgment of his brother urged the separation in the first place. To me one of the morals of the story is that the Brother (like each of us) eventually had to come to himself. There are significant lessons that can be found when viewing the story from the perspective of each character. And like his younger brother, Jesus' audience would have been surprised to find out that he is not a typical oldest son. While it may be more comfortable to see ourselves as the older brother, paragons of virtue able to discern the sins of those around us, it is important to remember that the older brother was virtuous only in the eyes of the world. Apparently, the thing that disturbed the Pharisees more than sinners living amongst them was the Lord’s willingness to have fellowship with such people. I ”, Mom and dad also make the most parenting mistakes too, their lack of experience contributing to all The image of a banquet is often used as a metaphor for Heaven. His standards were higher than his father’s. It requires both grace and humility. One of the exacting prices of becoming like God is to learn to love “even if.”. As any oldest child will tell you, Mom and Dad are never as hard on the youngest as they were on the oldest. In making the effort to come home, prodigals take a tremendous risk. We are sinners; yet God welcomes us with open arms when we see the error of our ways and humbly ask His forgiveness for our sins. They judge and hold past sins against one another. Lessons from the Prodigal Son. What Are We Going To Do About Pope Francis? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I AM the Prodigal Son! True love and mercy know no bounds. This is the story Jesus Christ told in Luke 15. Over the long, agonizing years, did the second son ever kneel with his father to plead for his brother to reconsider his ways and return home? Desire your Father’s will, not your own will. Often the person who consistently seeks to be close to God through prayer, regular Mass attendance and simple love of neighbor remains anonymous, while the person who undergoes a radical conversion is treated like a celebrity. The Father in the parable is a picture of the love of God, but the prodigal in this story is a picture of the life of sin. The simple lesson is that virtuous living kept the older son close to the father and that itself was a reward. This parable is probably one of the most cited and most studied in all of Scripture and it fits well with this Year of Mercy. It is the parable of the prodigal son. I want to share this story from a new perspective that the Father just dropped in my heart this morning. He dined with them. If he had been interested in his father’s concerns, why had he apparently abandoned his father to shoulder alone the burden of a lost son? Watch the video above and talk about it with a group or mentor. True sons and daughters of God will do the work of the Father and seek out their prodigal brothers and sisters. Time often changes the way that we see things. Daily news, articles, videos and podcasts sent straight to your inbox. But there is a side story that is often overlooked: the story of the prodigal son’s brother. When the younger son returned and was welcomed whole-heartedly by their father and the elder son was angry about it, I feel he was most likely hurt and confused because of what his brother had done and now by what their father was doing. Learn how your comment data is processed. The older brother was suppose to be the good boy The Good Brother? It touches the heart of a believer if well under stood. Discovering the Story of a Forgotten Ancestor, Come, Follow Me Podcast #19, “What Lack I Yet?”, Matthew 19-20; Mark 10; Luke 18. For years he was faithful and hardworking. The Prodigal Son and The Older Brother – What Were They Missing? The scenario of the merciful father and the repentant son effectively models our relationship with God the Father. The Sacraments: What Baptism Means to a Convert. I am always struck by the line in the story of the prodigal son “And the father saw him from afar off.” This means that the father was there, day after day, waiting, watching for the son to return. Still, if you ask the convert, he rues the time he spent in sin and error and would gladly forego the celebration if he could recover the time he lost. For example, Jesus makes no mention that this brother ever tried to talk his prodigal sibling out of leaving home or thereafter to go out and try to find him. But he is consumed by anger when he sees his sibling being welcomed with love instead of being condemned. Luke recounted an instance when Jesus was eating with known sinners. What about the assurance by the father to the elder son on his inheritance – that all the father has is the elder son’s one day? They are now settled in the suburbs of Northern Virginia and blessed with four children and three grandchildren (so far). Where are the consequences? If we truly believe that no one is beyond redemption, then who are we to refuse our brother the opportunity for reconciliation? I will love you even if you … leave home and don’t talk with me for years. Unfortunately, the lesson of the elder brother is often overlooked in many of the popular retellings. The parable of the prodigal son serves as a message of great hope for the infinite availability of God’s great mercy if we but repent and ask forgiveness. Click Here To 'Like' Meridian Magazine on Facebook, Listening to Heaven: God is Determined to Reach Us. A more complex consideration is that the older brother serves as a warning against self-righteousness rooted in pride. How are the Hymns for the New Hymnbook Being Reviewed? In every way, they do as Jesus does: they do the work of the Father. Reflecting on the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son should prompt us to do more than just drink from the font of Divine Mercy and seek forgiveness for our own sins. I’m the one who needs forgiveness. They pray with their Father, hurt with their Father, yearn with their Father, and finally they rejoice with their Father and support him in his decisions when their prodigal siblings come home. The love and forgiveness he is withholding from his brother causes his father as much pain as did his brother’s reckless living. [vi]         1 John 4:18. He said, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. Apathy is.”[viii]. The parable of the prodigal son is one of the most pensive and disturbing illustration from our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for solidifying the meaning for me. Reflecting on the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son should prompt us to do more than just drink from the font of Divine Mercy and seek forgiveness for our own sins. The obvious one is in a far-off country where the Prodigal Son … Sensuality - Sin 5. To remember and honor him this is one of a series of his past articles that we are republishing regularly. The Older Brother and Misreading the Parable of the Prodigal Son Posted on October 3, 2014 by cobbmic / 8 Comments A good friend of mine recently said about the Parable of the Prodigal Son, “I’ve heard a lot of sermons on that parable. This parable is about a son who runs away with his inheritance, wastes all of it, and then comes back home to his father’s open arms. The eyes of the son who was right or wrong in the Savior said... 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