Scripture Passage: 15: 11-32
In Luke 15 we read that the Lord is pleased in the change of heart of even one sinner more than the ninety nine men. Then the Lord explains the same through a parable -what exactly is Fatherly Love. We can see our Heavenly Father in the father and ourselves in the sons. We all know how the parable goes.
What we can learn from the parable is that the Father awaits the return of His children to Him.
Jesus tells us that the father sees his son even from afar. His heart melts and he rushes to meet hi son. He order his servants to put a robe on him and a ring on his fingers. The day his son left he had been awaiting his return. Even before he reaches home, the father rushes to meet him. The father does not wait for his sorry or apologies, neither he waits for the son to ask for forgiveness nor inquires about what he has done. Tired, weary and in dirty clothes, the father accepts his son back.
In Isaiah 1 : 2-3 we read Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
We see our Heavenly Father lamenting for His children who have gone astray. Just like them let us also return to the presence of our Father.
Let me share a story with you that explains God’s love even further. Once a famous painter had the burning desire to paint the prodigal son. He went in search for the perfect model for his painting. He went on searching for days at a stretch but to no avail. Then one day, his eyes fell upon a beggar on a street. He was dirty and in tattered clothes, and looked like he had not eaten in many days. The painter approached the beggar and gave him some money. He asked the beggar to come to his studio and model for his picture. The next morning, the beggar came to his studio. But the painter was was heart broken on seeing him because the beggar had used the money he gave to buy new clothes, food , shave and clean clothes. He was no longer the example of the prodigal son and the painting was never made.
When we return to our Father we do not need any special preparation or dress up. We must reach His presence as we are , with a fully repentant heart. Our ever compassionate Lord, is full of mercy. He sees our heart and soul and forgives us our sins. Psalms 7: 9, Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.