The prodigal son, a person common to many families

This biblical child once did not exist as such, but was the fruit of a beautiful parable, that of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. As a child who left with the light away from his family and returned, poor, in humility, to his father, the parable of the prodigal son has always been a source of lessons in the relationship between men and the Father. …

Like all of Jesus ’parables, the“ Prodigal Son ”shines with emotion and tenderness on our human condition in the light of divine supremacy. The Evangelist Luke relates this parable as a familiar story to many families:

“A man had two sons. The youngest said to his father:” Father, give me my share of the wealth. ” And the father divided his goods among them: and after a few days the younger of them gathered all that he had, and went to a distant country, and squandered his wealth by living a quiet life. ”(Lk 15:11) -13)

A child released

The beginning of this story becomes important, as it recounts that the father had two sons and that the youngest of them would be less well behaved, at least at first. The turbulent life he would lead to free himself from the father shows how much authority the father had in the past the absolute rule and respect for it was an essential element of the biblical father / son relationship. The chaotic liberation of the youngest of the sons therefore proved to be the exception, the moral correctness of the eldest, the rule. However, through a constant change, this logic that has always dominated our minds is troubled by Jesus.

The unexpected return

The continuation of the parable gained emotional power when the son, wasting his inheritance, forced to look after pigs and starving, swallowed his pride and decided to return to his father:

“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Consider me one of your workers. (Lk 15, 17-19)

As the child thinks of separating himself from all fatherly relationships and claiming his freedom, yet he realizes the love he has betrayed, as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in one of his reflections. :

“In these periods we also read moments of man’s journey in his relationship with God. There may be a phase similar to childhood: a religion driven by need, trust. Gradually, man grew and freed himself, wanted to free himself from this subjugation and become independent, mature, able to move on his own and make his choices independently, also thinking that he could. without God. This stage is, precisely, dangerous, it can lead to atheism, but it also always hides the need to discover the true face of God ”. (Angelus 03/14/2010)

Mercy that forgives all

The parable Jesus told finds its culmination in the reaction of the father who immediately forgives his youngest son of all even though he sees it returning to himself from afar. This unconditional mercy never ceases to move us and happens to be the source of true love without consideration or calculation. Man was created free, and if he can turn away from the Father thinking that he no longer needs him as atheism, yet he can always return to Him, as revealed by the father in the parable.

This unconditional love of the father infuriated the eldest when he learned that the fattened calf was already planned for the return of the prodigal son on his return from the farm. This reaction leads to the opposite of what pity wants; for instead of rejoicing at this unexpected return, the eldest saw, in fact, in a selfish and immature way, only what was taken away from him by the conduct of his younger brother, who was blinded by his desire for human justice. forgetting divine justice, it is as the conclusion of the parable reminds us:

“You, my son, are always with me, and all that I am is yours. There must be feasting and rejoicing; for thy brother died, and is alive again; he was lost, and he was found! »


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