The beautiful story about the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-32) continually reminds us that God the Father is always waiting for us to return to him, even after making a complete mess of things. He waits patiently, longing for our return, and when we return there is rejoicing and everything is made right again.
The story presents a healthy image of God for us to dwell on and savour. It is an excellent Gospel reading to pray with and imagine the different perspectives this Gospel gives of God the Father, the Prodigal Son and also the Faithful Son. Perhaps in life we move back and forth from the Prodigal Son to the Faithful Son; hopefully continually coming back to the Father.
Our human image of God the Father is often so limited and inadequate but the story of the Prodigal Son helps give an image of God who is full of compassion and continually waiting for us to return to him and is grateful. Men as they discern their vocation need a healthy image of God, to assist them to understand God’s will for them and what special plan he has set for them to do.
Kind regards and God bless
Fr. Eamon Kennedy
14th September 2013
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross