Today we hear the parable of the prodigal son, probably the most famous of all parables. Volumes have been written about what it means. I have a more simple explanation which explains things for me. I always imagine the Father as Jesus looking out over the world and seeing me coming up to Mass in the morning as I walk to the Church. He says something like, "there is my friend coming to visit I shall go and meet him!" He then leaps from heaven and comes in the Eucharist, the Real Presence, to see his old friend. Going to Mass every day is like that for me......a constant returning from my exile to the family of Three that loves me.