Which son can you relate to?

We belong to just one family. Obedient children, disobedient children, one Father.

In today’s Gospel reading, we read about the parable of the prodigal son. But, the parable is not just about the prodigal son. It is also about the other son and the father.

At some point in our lives, we can identify with the son who was lost. Whenever we sin, fall short, or fall away from God, we feel that we no longer deserve to be called His children. Then, we begin to see God not as a father, but as a master.

“I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.” — Luke 15:19

But God reminds us today that as a father, His love for us never changes. We will always remain to be His children. Whenever we are lost, He pursues us so He can welcome us back, embrace us, kiss us, and love us.

“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” — Luke 15:20

At other points in our lives, we can also identify with the son who was obedient and remained with the father. However, like the obedient son, we can sometimes become jealous of our disobedient brothers who seem to be loved by the Father more than He loves us.

“Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.” — Luke 15:29

God also reminds us today how we, by always being with Him, get to share in His joy, in His love, and even in His abundance. He reminds us of the things we receive, but often take for granted such as peace of mind, the strength that we get from Him, the clear direction, and even the troubles we avoid by following Him.

“My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” — Luke 15:31

God also invites us to seek our lost brothers with Him and to celebrate with Him once they have been found. 

"But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found." — Luke 15:32

We belong to just one family. Obedient children, disobedient children, one Father.

Which son can you relate to right now?

No matter which son you can relate to, God always remains to be a father.