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016. Lord Jesus Tells of a Father’s Grace and a Son’s Disgrace


ZwPI8cfkLord Jesus Tells of a Father’s Grace and a Son’s Disgrace

About 5 minutes, from Luke 15: 11-32

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events, not to perform)
   Son
   Father
   Older brother
   Bargirl
   Prompter           Shout a brief line, and Echoes repeat it.
    Echoes              Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Son

Dad, give me my share of the estate. It’s my inheritance.

Father

Your inheritance! I’m not dead yet!

Son

But I want to enjoy it now, dad.

Father

Very well, son. Here is your portion of the family wealth.

Son

Goodbye. You will not be seeing me. I am going far away.

Prompter & Echoes

Sad!

Son

Now, here I am where I can live just as I want.

Bargirl

Hi, handsome! I like a man who enjoys sharing his wealth.
Buy me a drink.

Son

Why not? Call your friends over, and we will all celebrate.

Prompter & Echoes

Watch out!

Son

Well, I live extravagantly for a few years. Then…

Prompter & Echoes

His money runs out!

Bargirl

What? Now you beg me for a drink? You’ve got things backward!
You’ve squandered all your coins, sonny. Foolish boy! Get lost!

Son

Please don’t make fun of me. Now I have nothing.
Do you know anyone who might offer me a job?

Bargirl

There is a famine now. Everyone is looking for a job!

Son

But I am desperate! I will do any kind of work.

Prompter & Echoes

Anything!

Bargirl

See that drunk stumbling away from the bar? Ask him when he’s sober. He raises pigs, thousands of the filthy things.
He hires drifters like you. Wait! You look Jewish.
Jews and pigs do not get along.

Son

Pigs! Oh, no! I can’t! But I have to!
Sir! May I have a word with you?

Prompter & Echoes

He goes to the hogs!

Son

Here I am, feeding these filthy pigs, and I am still hungry!
I wish I could eat these pods that I give to the hogs.
They eat better than I do!

Prompter & Echoes

Months go by.

Son

My dad's hired hands have lots of bread but I am wasting away
with hunger! It’s time that I came to my senses.

Prompter & Echoes

Finally!

Bargirl

That Jewish boy is leaving town. I wonder where he is going.

Son

I will return to my father. But how can I face him?
What can I tell him?

Prompter & Echoes

The truth!

Father

It has been so long now since my son left! So very long!
It breaks my heart!
 (Shield your eyes with your hand, looking far off.)
Daily I scan the horizon, hoping to see him coming down the road.
Dear God, hear my prayer!

Prompter & Echoes

Bring him home!

Father

Oh! Is that my son I see, coming down the road? Is it…?
Yes! It is he!

Prompter & Echoes

He has come back!

Son

To my surprise, my father runs, weeping,
embraces me and kisses me!

Prompter & Echoes

Mercy and grace!

Son

Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

Father

Come. Servant, bring out the best robe and put it on him, quickly.
Put our family ring on his hand and sandals on his feet!
Bring the calf that we have fattened, and kill it.
We will feast and celebrate! My son was dead and now lives again;
he was lost and has been found.

Older brother

I come in from the field and hear music. They are dancing!
What is going on? What’s that?
They killed the fattened calf to celebrate my brother’s return!
I will not go in! I won’t! I won’t!

Prompter & Echoes

He won’t share the joy!

Father

Come, son. I have received your younger brother back,
safe and sound. Come join the celebration.

Older brother

(Wave a clenched fist in the air.)
No, father, I won’t go in! How could you?
Look! For years, I have served you and obeyed your every command;
yet you never gave me even a goat, to celebrate with my pals.
Now this son of yours comes, who wasted your wealth with prostitutes,
and you kill the fattened calf for him!

Father

Oh, son! You have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.
But we must celebrate with joy, for your brother was lost
and has been found. He was dead; now he is now alive!

Prompter & Echoes

He is alive!