Lent Reflection: Wild Living, the first ‘Feast’

Today is the first Sunday of Lent.

Traditionally, the Sundays during lent are Feast days, ie. on Sundays people can break their fasts primarily so that they are able to take the Eucharist and to eat the bread and drink the wine.

As I reflect on the story of the Prodigal Son, I thought it could be fun to look at art based on the feasts referenced in the story.

The first is here:

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.”

– Luke 15.13

I couldn’t find any artwork directly on this part of the story, however it’s clear that his life was in a distinct contrast to the Jewish way of life and so I found this picture an interesting one to think about on the idea of decadence in those times.

Thomas Couture – Romans During the Decadence (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


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