Gospel of Luke 15:11-32 Reflection:
In today’s gospel we have the story of the Prodigal Son. There has been so much written and said about this parable that you almost feel there is nothing more to write. But it is the great parable of the Father’s love, the story in which Jesus tells us of the sort of forgiving father we have and how eager he is to have us in his home.
However, lately a priest brought out an interesting point in a conversation I had with him. He said that the father in the story did not go searching for the son, the father waited til the son had run his course and wanted to come back of his own free will and volition. I had never thought of that before, the fact that the father wanted the son home but was prepared to wait no matter how long it took.
God leaves us to choose; we have free will and eventually we much choose either to love God or to turn our back on him. When you think of it, there are a lot of relationships between fathers and sons that are never healed, a lot of times the son does not come back and seek forgiveness.
We all know the mercy of God, but in a way this parable also speaks strongly about free will and justice.
Like the prodigal son, in every person’s life there is the time of decision. Which way shall we choose?