September 9, 2019
I have found a popular reaction to this reading of the Prodigal Son is, “It’s not fair!” Although we may identify to some extend with the disobedient and selfish son, most prefer to align themselves with the dutiful and obedient other son. I believe he was more motivated by fear of his father, than love. If he had left home, I doubt he would have ever returned, doubting that the father would love him enough to forgive him. So, he felt justified in rejecting his newly welcomed brother, and was angry with his father. In our human condition, are we welcoming of those whom we have forgiven, or do we keep them at a distance? What do we hope for in being forgiven? Do we feel in our heart of hearts, “It’s not fair?” We are worthy of the same forgiveness of the Father because he loves us. Trust in that, and extend forgiveness to others.