This story should be called the parable of the indulgent father. The man is really quite insanely good. He has these two miserable rotten sons and he loves them beyond all reason. The one who leaves home is not only a spendthrift and a lecher, he is a faker, a phony and a liar. He has no interest in his fathers love, only in his own comfort. He plans to return to his father, feed him a cock and bull story about his sorrow and then collect the good life that he so foolishly left behind.
Does the father know the son is a
The young man has been trying to play these games all his life. Yet the father embraces him and cuts short his dishonest plea for pardon. The other son is mean, narrow, rigid, resentful, as ungenerous as his father is generous. But the father loves him too and promises him all his possessions. As we ponder the story, we wonder why the father puts up with either of these unsavory characters. The answer?
He loves them both. He loves them so much that his behavior is crazy by human standards. Any human father who so spoiled his children would be dismissed as daft. But thats the way God loves us.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a time there was a mother who had twins when her next oldest was a senior in high school. She loved all her children. The twins were so cute and so lively that she figured theyd keep her young. Alas for her, the twins were monsters.
They fought with one another, they fought with other children. They lied, they stole, they broke things deliberately. Whenever they outnumbered another child they beat up on that child and then told their mother than the other kid had started the fight. They never studied in school. They tormented all their teachers, they were mean and nasty to their parents and to every other adult they encountered, including their older brothers and sisters. They started drinking in sixth grade, and smoking pot in eighth grade.
Their mother and father did their best but they simply could not control the two adorable but vicious little hellions. Neither could anyone else. The summer they were fourteen, they stole their fathers Benz and destroyed it totally. They ended up in the hospital where they made life miserable for the nurses and the doctors.
The parish priest suggested to their mother that she send them off to boarding school. (He thought that they should go to a place which had barbed wire and cut glass on their walls.) But, no the mother said, I would miss them so much if they werent home with us. Why asked the priest? Because Im their mother and I love them.
Thats the way it is with God and us.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according
to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
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