This Parable of the Forgiving Father is also known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Here are some teaching resources:
- The Henri Nouwen Society’s Discussion Group around Fr. Henri’s Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. http://henrinouwen.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/The-Return-of-the-Prodigal-Son.pdf
- See also the America article, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
- Extensive homily, scripture, drama, art and movie links at http://www.textweek.com/yearc/lentc4.htm
- 1st Grade + Lesson Plan at Catholic Toolbox: http://catholicblogger1.blogspot.ca/2010/05/lesson-plan-prodigal-sonlost-son-1st.html
- Pinterest: The Prodigal Son Images and Ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/prodigal-son/
Article for Adult Faith Formation: Forgiveness and Forgiving in Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal Son (c. 1668) Dr Constantinos V. Proimos
An interesting analysis of the parable can be found at CARM.
- David Brooks, The Prodigal Sons, applies the story to political analysis.
- Other artistic representations of the story are found at Wikimedia Commons
- This passage will be the Gospel in the Eucharistic Liturgy on 2018 on March 3, 2018.
- Zenit: Father Cantalamessa on the Prodigal Son
Pope Francis at audience reflects on prodigal son: full English text or Loyola Press
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: … “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.’”
See also a previous CARFLEO.com post: http://carfleo.com/2013/03/02/james-tissot-the-prodigal-son-set-in-the-port-of/ and The Prodigal Son in Art.