Day 27 – The Bitterness of the Hardened Heart
Facing the huge damages done which required extraordinary effort to make up, the younger son could have simply chosen the easy way out by escaping from his sinful past. Instead he chose to face it head on, and to face it every day of his life in his father's house.
His father treasured all these and his son’s humility and contrite heart.
His anger confined him in the past. He could not move beyond this unresolved history. He was incapacitated by his self-righteousness and resentment.
At this point, you might also share the anger and sentiments of the elder brother, which is understandable. That is why this parable is also known as the "Parable of the Prodigal Father". But imagine what would happen if the father felt the same as the elder brother did. What would have instead happened to the younger son when he returned home? How would the story be different? And would the resulting story be a parable Jesus would use to illustrate the Father's Heart and His lavish love for us? That is something for us to ponder…
Are you like the elder brother being trapped in some form of bitter past or resentment against someone?
Are you disturbed by the unfairness the father displayed towards the elder son by forgiving the wrongdoings of the younger son?
I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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If I were the younger son, it would be my self esteem that prevent me from finally arriving at my father’s house. The fear that I might not be forgiven by the father and also the scorn from the elder brother.
I do not consider the father to be unfair. Rather this incident assures me of our father’s lavish love for us. That He is always ready to forgive us and welcome us back Home.
If I am the younger son, nothing will prevent me from going back the the Father as I know God is merciful. And his mercy is like an ocean. Like St. Peter, whom should I turn to except to Jesus, my Savior.