The Prodigal Was the Bad One, Right?

Recently, I was asked to teach at a Men’s retreat. The subject? A very familiar parable of Jesus: The Prodigal Son. Easy, right?

The problem, for me, was finding that angle, that insight, that fresh perspective that would turn this familiar story into something that could speak to where these men were. What do you say about a story that we have all heard hundreds, if not thousands of times, a story that has been retold through all kinds of movies and television episodes? I prayed hard over this one… and, then, it hit me.