In the story of the Prodigal Son, (Luke 15:1-3. 11-32, Fourth Sunday of Lent) the father is waiting, longing for his son to return. When he sees him, he is moved with pity. It would seem that what the son had done, “squandering his money on a life of debauchery” was not as important as returning a live.
The father patiently waits for his son to return, not forcing his will, just as he waits for us to come to our senses and return to him.
This is the key, to come to our senses and return to the father’s loving embrace. “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.” The “few” are those who have come to their senses and returned to the father.
We pray for those men who are on the journey of returning to the father, that they will have the grace to come to their senses about their vocation and start running towards their real calling in life, the Priesthood, Religious Life, Marriage or the Single vocation.
Kind regards and God bless
9th March 2013
Fr. Eamon Kennedy