Greetings Prayer Warriors,
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is well known. (Luke 15) Most of us have heard it over and over. But for many, it just doesn’t sit well. It’s “not fair”, especially if you relate and empathize with the good son.
Recent meditation upon this passage has helped me read it with my heart and not my head. Think of the father as our heavenly Father and his lost son, as us. The Father has given us many gifts and called us sons and daughters through our baptism and confirmation. His heart is broken when we stray, ignore him, offend him, find alternate company, and then deny him. We find other “gods” (money, power, status, lust,) and that is where we spend our time, focus, energy, and God-given gifts. But the Lord continues to call out to each of us by name, seeking our humble return to Him. The sheep who have never strayed enjoy, comfort, security, and boundless joy. But we the wayward sheep are sometimes too preoccupied to listen for the Shepherd. The Good Shepherd. Imagine His joy if even one stray sheep returns!!
But we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. Luke 15:32
Let us praise God that his mercy is so unfathomable that it seems “not fair”!
Lord give us the grace to also respond to our hurts with love.
Take some time to pray for families. Pray that the ears of their hearts will be opened, allowing them to hear the call of the Good Shepherd.
Peace, Joy, and Love,
Shepherd some lost sheep. Pass it on.