Did you ever own a kaleidoscope as a child? If you did then you will know the wonder and pleasure that this simple toy can bring. You look through the lens and you find a bright multi-coloured pattern in which the elements have arranged themselves. You turn the kaleidoscope slightly, look again, and behold, there is a whole new pattern to marvel at. The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15.11-32) has the same effect, if we look at it again with fresh eyes. Take the very title. We know it as the parable of the prodigal son, that is to say, the story of the spendthrift, reckless son. But there are really two parables in the story. There is the parable of the lost younger son (verses 11-23) and there is parable of the lost older son (verses 24-32). The younger is lost in his selfishness, the elder is lost in his bitterness and resentment.