Lenten reflections on Luke 15: 11-32 … Prodigal parsing

For Lent, 2016, I am reflecting on Luke 15:11-32 the parable about family– loved, hated, over-preached, under-understood. Let’s see how this story shapes my reflections … some days, not every day.

February 11, 2016

I am a pig farmer –
the one who is outcast,
you fill in your own blank –

gender queer, undocumented,
wearing a niqab.

I have a different culture,
language, faith, politics.

I am across borders —
a pig farmer,
who sees a young person
with no food or dignity,

and I think –
that could be my child.

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3 Responses to Lenten reflections on Luke 15: 11-32 … Prodigal parsing

  1. The ‘Good Samaritan’ is the best foundation for everything, I think. And in my mind I am hearing all those candidates, most of whom are pointing their fingers at the pig farmer, but as well, I hear in my mind Hillary’s frequently uttered words, that she is the victim of a vast conspiracy — Colbert presented last night a very funny, and sad, bit about her Mommy Martyred concession speech post primary, you can find it on YouTube if interested – the part about ‘the young may not support me but I still support them’. All of this reflects on ‘the family’ – which is such a loaded word in our culture. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family ‘owns’ it, and Hillary went on a couple retreats with him when she was a Senator. Many I know want to walk away from the word because of what evangelicals have done to it. And I find myself thinking that Bernie, with his stepchildren and son by a woman he did not marry, presents a stronger family picture than Hillary, whom we all watched stand by Bill and attack his former paramours. Elsewhere I’ve written she should hold up her forgiveness of him and how it has helped them both. But I wonder what lives inside her – what lived inside Sarah, after all the things Abraham did to her – maybe you’ll write about that one day this Lent – I’ll be reading each day –

    • Maren says:

      Well, Nancy, you have certainly nailed a lot of aspects of family for sure — at least form United States election perspective. I’m afraid I was using it here to avoid calling the parable that is my focus it’s more common name “the parable of the prodigal son,” since it is indeed about so many different levels of connection including this pig farmer who by vocation was clearly an outcast and yet chooses to be family to this desperate young adult who has run away from the “familiar.”

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