The Role of the Older Brother

Last Sunday we heard these words in the Gospel: “He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you.”  This was Jesus speaking, our Divinve older brother.

Immediately, my mind flashed to these words, “He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’”  You might recognize them.  These are the words of the Good Father to the Elder Brother in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

mineSee, the Younger (Wayward) Son squandered his inheritance.  He took his half and blew it.  So naturally, thinking only of Justice and not Mercy, the Elder Brother is concerend that the Father is going to take from the half of the inheritance due to him to restore his brother.  The Father in the parable, promises not to take that inheritance against his will.  As we envision ourselves in the parable, the greedy little seagull in us from Finding Nemo breathes a sigh of relief as we exclaim, “Mine, mine, mine.”

Then we encounter the true Elder Brother’s example.  Christ’s example.  He will be glorified by taking what the Father has given and giving it to us, to restore our inheritance, which we lost in our waywardness.  The Father does not take from us in order to restore our brothers and sisters inheritance becuase we are to imitate Christ, and in turn, the Trinity, by making a gift of what we have.

So, as we find ourselves in the shoes of the Elder Brother (or Sister), let us remember that we are only restored because Christ gave Himself to us and so let us give Him to another.

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