Reflection: In Jesus’ famous parable of the lost son, the son sets off for a “distant country” (Luke 15:13) far away from the reach of his father. You know how the story goes: for a while, life is good as he lives off his father’s largesse. But the money runs out and the son has nothing left. He comes to his senses and goes home, though he knows he cannot expect a warm welcome. But as soon as the father catches a glimpse of his son, he instantly restores him to his place in the family.
Like the son in Jesus’ parable, all of us ‘leave home’ in a multitude of ways because we believe that real life is to be found elsewhere. This is a really powerful, and prevalent, belief today. But this parable offers a subversive counternarrative, suggesting that coming home to our heavenly father is what it means to live and truly flourish.
Prayer: Gracious Father, please do not let me be deceived by the hollow promises of this life. In you—and in nothing else—fulfilment is to be found. Help me cling to you, convinced that in you is true life for this age and the one to come. Amen.