September 18, 2016
Last Sunday, the gospel reading was the story of the Prodigal Son. I have heard that story hundreds of times, but Fr. Jim offered a new perspective I had not heard before, focused on the father.
He said the father came out of his house twice in the story – once to run to his “lost son” to offer him forgiveness and welcome him home. The second time he left his house was to comfort and encourage his older son.
If the father in the story represents God, we should understand that God is always open to us — whether we go to Him as sinners seeking mercy or go to Him for comfort in our distress.
If the father in the story represents me, I should understand that I cannot stayed closed up in my house if I expect to grow and nurture my relationships with others. Others must know my door is always open. I will exit my house to run to those who seek mercy; I will come out to comfort a friend in need.
Then, just as the father did in the story, I must welcome them (or welcome them back) into my house, into my life.