Which means - Mothering Sunday as well as
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
The story of the prodigal son.
- so my question is where is the mother in this story?
I'm thinking of getting people to sit up and listen by retelling the story with the mother as the parent - the father in Jesus' story acts much more like a mother than a middle Eastern patriarch - the 'zing' is then that God acts like this - like a mother, or whoever we find easiest to imagine as the most amazing, loving parent. God defies all our stereotypes of stern parent to fall on our necks in sheer delight when we come home.
This is Good News.