Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest who spent a retreat studying Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal. Through the experience, he probed the meaning of the parable through the eye of the artist and went on a spiritual journey that helped him to realize that the characters in the story represent stages in spiritual formation.
Click on the following link which is a high resolution copy of Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal. Study the picture as Henri Nouwen did. Where do you see yourself?
With the picture still up on your screen, read this pdf, which is a meditation on Nouwen’s book.
Finally, watch this interesting take on the story of the prodigal. Write down your first impressions.