Cycle C

C42 Skit The Prodigal Son

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 New American Bible

The Prodigal Son

Copyright 2004 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

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Older Son

Younger Son




Fattened Calf






Narrator:  Jesus is sitting talking and eating with tax collectors and sinners. 

The Pharisees and Scribes complained.

Pharisee #1: This man welcomes sinners around him.

Scribe #1:  He even eats with them.  Can you believe it?


Narrator:  So he told this parable to the Pharisees and Scribes:
Jesus:  A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father:
Younger Son: Father give me my share of your estate.  I am going away to live on my own.
Jesus:  So the father divided his property between his two sons equally.  The younger son took all his belongings and went to a faraway country.  He wasted his inheritance money here and there and everywhere. When he had spent all of his money, a severe famine struck that country.  There was very little food for people to eat.  He became very hungry. 

Younger Son:  Here I am.  I have no money at all.  I am penniless.  I’ll see if this farmer will give me a job. Then I can buy some food.

Younger Son:  Sir, I have wasted all the money my Father gave me.  Will you give me a job?

Farmer:  You can take care of my pigs for me.  You can make sure they have water and food to eat.

Younger Son:  Wow!  Look at the food these pigs get.  I am so hungry that even the pig’s food looks good enough to eat.

Farmer, may I have some of this pig’s food.

Farmer:  No.

Younger Son:  Please.

Farmer: No

Younger Son:  (on his knees) Pretty please.

Farmer:  No.  No.  No.


Jesus: Then the younger son had an idea that changed his whole way of living forever.
Younger Son:  Here I am, dying from hunger. If I was with my father he would make sure I have something to eat.  He gives even the least important of his workers more than enough food to eat.  I shall go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you.  I do not deserve to be called your son.  Treat me as one of your hired workers.

Narrator:  So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, hugged him and kissed him.
Father:  I am so glad to see you, my son.
Younger Son: Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I do not deserve to be called your son.
Father:  Son, I love you and forgive you.  (To his servants)  Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then we will celebrate with a big feast.  This son of mine was dead, and has come to life again.  He was lost, and has been found.


Narrator:  So the celebration began. People were laughing and dancing and singing.  They were eating the fattened calf.  Now the older son came back near the house.  He had been out working up a sweat in the field.  He heard the sound of music and dancing.


Older Son:  Servant, who is the party for?  Why is everyone dancing and singing?  Why is my Father celebrating?


Servant:  Your brother has returned. Your father is so glad to have him back home safe and sound that he has slaughtered the fattened calf. Your father wants you to join him inside.

Older Son:  (Getting very angry.  Kicking and stomping)  I won’t go inside.  I won’t.  I won’t.  I won’t. 

Servant to Father:  Your older son won’t come inside.

Father: (Goes to Older Son) Son, please come inside.

Older Son:  How can you do this to me?  My brother wasted all his money.  Yet he gets a really big party with a fattened calf and steaks and everything thrown for him.

As long as I have lived, I have served you and never disobeyed you, not even once.  But, you haven’t even given me a tiny goat to cook for my friends.  It doesn’t seem fair, Father.  I am hurt.


Father:  My son, you are here with me always. I love you very much. Everything I have is yours. You may have a fattened calf to feast with your friends later, 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.


Older Son:  All right, Father.  You say, “Everything you have is mine. I didn’t know that.  I will have a party with my friends later.   I will go inside and rejoice with you and my brother, now.


Narrator:  Now we go to St. John Neumann Catholic Church where a youth minister and students are talking. 


Youth Minister:  The older son was jealous.  He wanted to have what his younger brother had. 

Have any of you every gotten jealous about something your brother or sister got, but you didn’t?


Teenage Neil:  My younger brother got invited to a cookout with steaks, salad, and baked potatoes.  I had to stay home and take care of our baby brother.  All I had to eat was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.


Youth Minister:  Neil, would you feel differently if your brother had been lost for two years, and had just been found? 


Neil: Yes, but I would still be a little angry and a feel left out.


Teenage Martha: My younger sister got invited by friends to go to the circus. I had to stay at home and help Mother clean the house.  I was disappointed and angry.


Youth Minister:  Martha, what if your sister had just recovered from a visit to the hospital? Would you feel better about her going to the circus, then?


Martha:  Yes, but I still wouldn’t think it wasn’t fair.  I would still be a little angry and feel left out.


Youth Minister:  Whenever you feel left out, invite God to join you in a private party.  Fix the best food of what you have.  Even God likes peanut butter and jelly.  Tell him all the things you are thankful for.  Tell him all the things you are worried about.  Ask him to forgive you for your feelings of anger and jealousy.  Choose God and he will fill you with peace and joy and your anger and jealousy will fade away. 


Narrator:  And so we, the people of St. John Neumann choose God.  He fills us with peace and joy!