Carol J. Dempsey, Ph.D., a Dominican Sister from Caldwell, New Jersey and professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Portland, Oregon, is the author of eight books, editor of ten books, and is currently working on Isaiah for Liturgical Press’ Wisdom Commentary Series. She specializes in Prophets and feminist hermeneutics.
Carol J. Dempsey
Scripture for Life: The themes of celebration and reconciliation come together in the parable of the prodigal son heard in this Sunday's Gospel from Luke. Jesus addresses this parable to a group of complaining Pharisees and scribes who take issue with Jesus' interaction with sinners.
Scripture for Life: In ancient biblical times, people faced similar crises to those we face today. The Christian community is to lead by example, and their power as a group of people is to be transformative and not oppressive.