One the greatest Protestant theologians of the twentieth century, Paul Tillich, made a distinction between heteronomy (law from another), autonomy (law from oneself), and what he called “theonomy” (law of God). This week, we have the privilege to consider what is arguably the most magnificent and spiritually rich of Jesus’ parables—the story of the Prodigal Son—and in this familiar story, you’ll see the dynamics of these three approaches on clear display.
Reading 1 – Joshua 5:9A, 10-12
Psalm – Psalm 34:2-7
Reading 2 – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Gospel – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32