The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most tender images that Jesus uses to describe the compassion of the Father. The message Jesus is trying to convey is the Divine Love that the Father has for those who repent and return to Him with their whole heart. It may seem to us at times that the Father’s love precludes justice with regard to the serious turning away that the young son committed. It’s at times easier to identify with the older son in bringing a complaint against the Father for His overwhelming generosity. But Jesus is adamant about His message, and does not back down from extending hope to those who have fallen away. Let us ask Jesus to open our hearts to be able to grasp the extraordinary mercy Jesus brings to us, and to be converted in heart to share in the mission of Jesus to bring that wonderful mercy to all those we meet.