Today in the UK is Mothering Sunday. It began as a festival in the Church’s year half way through Lent.
I have decided to write about a fictional character. In fact she did not even appear in a story.
Jesus’ parable about the prodigal son is well known. Many people would like to see it renamed the generous father. Luke 15:11-31
Last week I heard about some exercises in putting in some of the back-story. The father’s attitude, the elder son’s attitude and what happened the following day were mentioned. One person who does not come into the story at all is the mother.
I have put forward some of the possible stories about her. She may have been absent, a well-meaning mother, or what?
Here are some possibilities:-
The mother of the prodigal son
- died in childbirth
- suffered from postnatal depression
- was busy with her own creative interests, spinning, dyeing, weaving
- was a good mother, but unable to tame her headstrong son
- felt powerless to prevent her son’s rebellion, but saw it coming
- was there beside her husband, but not mentioned
Which is the most likely story?
Stop press: The vicar wished me a happy Mothering Sunday after the service. I made a comment about not reciprocating the greeting (as it is really about mothers, rather than fathers.) He replied with the following joke:
You can recognise Anglicans. When they go to a Star Wars film and hear, “The force be with you,” they reply, “And also with you!”
Have a good day!