The parable continues.The parable continues.
But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “˜Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” But the father said to his slaves, “˜Quickly, bring out a robe, the best one, and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.” (Luke 15:20b – 24)
The image of the father who is filled with compassion, overjoyed with the son’s return, able to let go of the hurt of the past, ready to throw for us the great homecoming party — can we get our heads and hearts around this? Are we able to give up our rebellion, which includes giving up our determination to be the judge of our lives, and accept that God delights in us. Can we let the party begin?
Elsewhere Jesus tells us that as his disciples were to become like the compassionate father. What would it be like today as we interact with people if we were to take on the demeanor of the father in this parable?