Jesus and the Prodigal Son

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“Brian Pierce’s reflections on Jesus will enable the reader to appreciate the scandalous reality of Jesus’s identification with those who were lost, with sinners, with the Prodigal Son.” —Albert Nolan, author, Jesus Today 

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk.15:11-32) is undoubtedly one of the most beloved stories of scripture. In this imaginative and moving work, Brian J. Pierce brings a startling perspective to the familiar story. Starting with the words of the father in the parable, “This son of mine was dead and is alive again,” Fr. Pierce imagines the parable as a commentary on the story of Jesus himself, who entered into the world of suffering and sin to bring the good news of God’s radical mercy. After carrying out this mission to the point of death, he was raised again and returned to the Father.

While shedding new light on the gospel, this work bears implications for a church called to enter compassionately into the world of those on the margins.

Brian J. Pierce, a Dominican priest, is former Promotor of the Dominican Family in Latin America and the Caribbean and Assistant to the Master of the Order for the Contemplative Nuns of the Order. He has returned to full-time itinerant preaching. He is the author of We Walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart.

Book Details

Jesus and the Prodigal Son
The God of Radical Mercy
Brian J. Pierce
An honest, scandalous and beautiful analysis of one of Christianity’s most beloved parables.... This text would make an excellent accompaniment to an undergraduate course on social justice or an introduction to New Testament. However, I believe this book is accessible enough to engage the church at large and be positively impactful on Her.... By venturing to pursue this unconventional understanding, Pierce reminds us that the font of wisdom which flows from the scriptures is inexhaustible and God’s mercy is wonderfully radical.
Brian Pierce offers an extended personal and pastoral reflection on the parable of the Prodigal Son. A fundamental perspective he offers for the interpretation of this, perhaps the most famous of Jesus’ parables, is that the errant younger son can be understood as Jesus himself!
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