‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’, painting by Rembrandt. This week we are asked to think about the story of the prodigal son returning home to his father while his elder brother who has remained at home watches from the side. Think about how the story might resonate for each of us, our church and the broader church. We think of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, families estranged or reconciliation within families or cultures or faith communities. The Rembrandt painting offers a powerful image. What does the difference in the shape of the father’s two hands bring to mind for you? Who are the folks in the background?