I do NOT follow the bible and do not claim to be religious… However, I can see there’s a few things to glean from some Jesus quotes. For instance, can no one else see there’s a parental angle to the Prodigal parable? Isn’t there a message for adults in charge to take responsibility, for us all to be more compassionate and last but way not the least to: Turn up and share in other peoples joy.
For this story directly follows on from: Luke 14 that gives the advice that if you’re invited, attend (1). That even on your time off, be kind and helpful to others (4) and compassionate to animals (5). To not be a dick when invited to parties (8) to share nicely (13) again if you’re invited, attend (23). To use only what you have (29) invite peace (31) and let go of stuff (32). The first part of Luke 15 is all about being responsible for animals in our care (4) and about the importance to share joy when someone finds what’s lost (6). If something is important, keep looking (8) and share that lost/found joy (9). When it comes to the prodigal story, it’s about one parent that does something totally irresponsible and gives into a kid’s request straight away (12) so that the kid then suffers (16) yet comes home safe (20) and the parent being so grateful that the kids experience didn’t go tits up (24) wants to share the lost/found joy (23) and this time the parent takes on their responsibility and goes out of his way to try to explain to the sibling, thus helping his other son to be more understanding and able to join in the lost/found celebrations. (31)
Anyways, I agree with these Jesus messages as I see them. For it’s all good to be “Woohoo!” when an animal’s life is saved; and to “Yay!” when someone finds the money they needed; and being a parent I can sympathise with the prodigal story and would want to join in the celebration and bring gifts for the kid to start over. I mean though, who gets parenting right all the time? I can totally empathize the feelings of joy when an offspring visits, especially if they’ve been away awhile, are bedraggled when they arrive and come in hungry! We can only imagine how it must feel for a parent or guardian, that had enabled an immature person with money they didn’t know how to handle, then suffers a belly full of worry or worse! I think it must be some of the heaviest things ever, to find out the hard way that most young adults given lots of money, will take terrible risks and/or leave home before they have enough life skills. If a prodigal parent gets to see that their actions didn’t go tits up, the relief of such must be overwhelming!
Oh and siblings feeling left out, please chill and take a deep breath or three. Try to be compassionate towards your parents, because being human they really might not have had a flying fig of a clue. Remember, we all get it oh so very wrong at times! Most of all, if you’re lucky and the dirty dog makes it back, please go and have fun at the [Welcome Home] party. 🎈