The first several Sundays in Trinity season compelled us to consider our calling as disciples. We were reminded that God’s expectation for Christians is that we emulate the love, compassion, and kindness of Christ; that we are examples of the character of Jesus himself to the world. We were also reminded of our calling to head into the unknown with confidence knowing that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us, and that He is calling us to help Him satisfy the spiritual hunger of all people, for He desires all people to come to salvation.
In today’s Gospel lesson we are shown the true passion that God has to reclaim His lost children. In the story of the Prodigal Son, we see the father celebrating to reclaim his son who had dealt treacherously with him and abandoned the family to pursue selfish pleasure and reckless living. When the son returns, though, the father does not shame him or chastise him; the father does not condemn him but rather wraps him in a loving embrace to welcome back into that restored relationship.
As you consider this truth this morning, if you like that son have been wandering away from our Heavenly Father, there is no better time than now to return to Him to be received back into His loving embrace.
Why are we by all creatures waited on?
Why do the prodigal elements supply
Life and food to me, being more pure than I,
Simpler and further from corruption?
Why brook’st thou, ignorant horse, subjection?
Why dost thou, bull and boar, so sillily
Dissemble weakness, and by one man’s stroke die,
Whose whole kind you might swallow and feed upon?
Weaker I am, woe’s me, and worse than you;
You have not sinn’d, nor need be timorous.
But wonder at a greater, for to us
Created nature doth these things subdue;
But their Creator, whom sin, nor nature tied,
For us, His creatures, and His foes, hath died.
~ John Donne (Holy Sonnets, IX)