Text: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21)

There is a difference between skeptical and cynical. Skeptical is someone who looks at something with wonder and questions. Cynical is someone who already knows and only takes in what supports their solidly established belief. There is way too much cynicism when it comes to the truth. Rather than wondering and exploring questions to discover the truth, far too much is done in protection of the truth already believed. Truth is not stagnant and unmoving. Truth is Jesus and Jesus is alive! Our reading from Joshua is the story of the people of Israel leaving behind their wilderness journey and beginning to settle in the land. The danger with settling in, is that we can lose the quest for something new. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians speaks of the importance of perspective in this new creation. We are not to view from a human perspective, for this would be cynical. Instead, we are to view God, each other and circumstances from the perspective of God.

This can only be done through God’s revelation. Tax Collectors and Sinners were coming to listen to Jesus because they were desiring something new. Pharisees and Scribes were criticizing Jesus because they wanted to pereserve what they already knew. Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal to illustrate the difference. How do we handle the truth?