Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Prodigal Son (Saturday, 2nd Week of Lent, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

The story of the Prodigal Son is the story of each one of us. Time and again, we find ourselves running away from God, our loving Father, choosing instead to live our lives free from him, his will, and his plan for us, only to find ourselves stuck in situation we eventually regret.

The good news, however, is that should we at any time find ourselves wanting to return to our Father in Heaven, he will always be there to run to meet us, embrace us, and rejoice that we have found our way back to him.

Of course for some, a return to God seems to only become a possibility when they’ve finally hit “rock bottom”, when like the Prodigal Son, they find their situation worse than that of the slaves in the Father’s house. For others, the slightest difficulty sends them scampering back to the waiting Father, while others fail to return altogether.

In all these, however, one thing remains constant, and that is the Father’s love for us, his children. Whether we choose to return sooner or later, he will always be there, awaiting us on our return.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)