Prayer: O Father, embrace me when I return to you.
Imagination: (Picture Jesus with His disciples.)
The father’s response is not a model for earthly fathers to follow. It is, rather, how the heavenly father responds to our repentance. The son is reduced to the lowest degree of degradation. He is in contact with unclean animals and unable to keep the Sabbath. Having already received his legal inheritance, the son had no further claim on his father. The father’s actions are unusual and undignified. He runs and embraces the Prodigal.
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Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers
“The text, ‘God so loved the world,’ shows such an intensity of love. For great indeed and infinite is the distance between the two. The immortal, the infinite majesty without beginning or end loved those who were but dust and ashes, who were loaded with ten thousand sins but remained ungrateful even as they constantly offended him.” (Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 A.D., excerpt from Commentary on Psalm 84, 8)