The Prodigal Son: The Story of Radical Love


From Luke 15:11-32

There was a certain rich man who had two sons. One day, the younger son demanded for his share of the inheritance, though the Father was still alive, and said to him, “Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.”

The Father, who is also rich in love, divided his properties to his sons.  And not for long, the younger son prepared a journey to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.  

Time came when he had spent all his wealth, a severe famine hit that land and he began to live a beggar’s life. For him to survive the famine, he worked to feed the swine and filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate because no one gave him anything. Then he thought to himself, “Many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough to spare while I am here perishing with hunger!  I will return to my father, and will say, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,  and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” 

The younger brother practiced his speech upon returning home. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 

And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 

But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet, for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ 

And they began to be merry. 
What the Father expressed to his son is a great example of a radical love. Despite what the younger son had done to him, disrespecting him and running away from home, he had shown him unconditional love. 

Not a single word of regret or disappointment was heard from the Father’s mouth instead he run to him when he saw him from afar. 

The story of the prodigal son tells us about God’s love for us. He does not look at us with our sins but always look with the eyes of love.


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