Welcome to Andrew Greeley's Web
Author, Priest, Poet

The Fourth Sunday in Lent LK 15/1-3, 11-32
Catholic Homilies
March 25th, 2001

nav1.gif (1982 bytes)
nav2.gif (583 bytes)
Leave Messages
nav3.gif (528 bytes)
About the Author
nav4.gif (545 bytes)
nav5.gif (654 bytes)
Preview Novels
nav6.gif (644 bytes)
Mailbox Newsletters
nav7.gif (669 bytes)
nav8.gif (801 bytes)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent LK 15/1-3, 11-32


This poor man lucked out with neither of his sons. He loved them both and they both were goofs. The first was too wild, the second was too rigid and nasty. Neither one appreciated their father's love. Both tried to exploit him. What's more he knew they were exploiting him. This is not a story of a prodigal son, but of an indulgent father, indeed of a hyper-indulgent father. Note that he runs to meet the first son and cuts off his phony speech. Note
too that he is incredibly patient with the mean-spirited and ungrateful second son. This story is not supposed to provide a model for family life. Rather it tells us that God loves us like the indulgent father, so much that by human standards, he's quite over the top.

read the padre
read the padre
Keep in touch...
Locally, and Globally! 
Read On
Check out
Andrew M. Greeley's Columns for the
Chicago SunTimes'
Daily Southtown

00spc.gif (820 bytes) Story:

Once there were two teenagers whose parents went away for the weekend. As
some teenagers do, they decided they would have a party. You know the rest. A
couple hundred people showed up. They drank all the family liquor, trashed
the house, tore up the garden, wrecked the family cars, burned down the
garage, smashed the windows in the neighboring homes, rioted when the police
came, and even threw beer cans on the rectory lawn (Really!). When the
parents came home to find the national guard patrolling their streets, they
said to their children, "You shouldn't have done that." Why not, said the
kids. You went away it's your fault, not ours. You should have never trusted
us. But the parents love their children so much that they weren't angry at
them. That's the way God loves us.

Securely purchase Andrew Greeley's New book - click here!

March Homilies: 4th | 11th | 18th | 25th
February Homilies

That's the way God loves us

Articles | Messages | Author | Homilies
Previews | Mailbox Newsletters | Home


Andrew M. Greeley 1995-'01
All Rights Reserved
Questions & Comments: Webmaster