Scripture Struck @ Lk 15:1-32

Mercy and Compassion

The story of the prodigal son is the best known and most loved of Jesus’ parables. It is the most touching and inspiring. Though told more than 2,000 years ago, it remains relevant and fresh.

It teaches that no one of us is beyond redemption. Mercy is always available in the Father’s House. The most amazing character in this tale is the Father. He is most wasteful and extravagant in his loving.

It is the assurance of acceptance and love that moves the son to return. He experienced a spiritual awakening when he saw his real, miserable self. Hunger and extreme poverty made him come to his senses.

This parable continues to speak to us today. Pope Francis declares that the name of God is mercy. But returning to the Father’s House is a personal choice. In life we either choose the right or the left. But whichever way we choose, we have a merciful and compassionate God awaiting us with open arms. 😊

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