Modern prodigals

March 1, 2016
Luke 15: 12 a- 13 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 travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.

This is prodigal, too –
money spent on Pentagon budgets
instead of returning veterans,
the tax shelters for corporations
so they need not support
education budgets,

lobbyist payoffs for those who vote
to keep guns accessible
to the ones so ill they will shoot
the next grade school class,
movie theatre, place of worship,

the profligate use
of oil and coal and natural gas –
destroying the air and earth and oceans,
of children still unborn,
not to speak of God’s creatures
extinct forever.

Before we congratulate ourselves
for the warm feelings
of generosity
to those who squander the future
in living so dissolute,
wantonly entitled,
careless of the wellbeing
of the young and the old …

Remember.

We invite and reward prodigals
all the time
with robes of protection
from consequences,
rings of power, rich feasts.

Remember this before you criticize
the one who named it,
who did not want to join the party.

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3 Responses to Modern prodigals

  1. So well said. Thanks.

  2. WOW! Saved for the Narrative Lectionary year on Luke – next year. Thank you Jane

    On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 3:25 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “March 1, 2016 Luke 15: 12 a- 13 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 travelled to a d” >

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