Our presider and preacher at the Franciscan International Study Centre this morning was Fr Tom Herbst, our contributor TJH. He challenged each of us to consider how far and when we might be the spendthrift son or the stolid, stay-at-home, unimaginative one.
He set me wondering: what if the prodigal had met his brother as he passed by the fields, before his father hugged him? Would he have made it as far as the farmstead?
Do we, as churches or as individuals, get in the way of those who want to turn to God? Are we more likely to offer refreshment, or to send them away, back onto the road?