You are in the Parable

You are in the Parable

This brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. Luke 15:32

I want you to know that you are the younger child, you are the older child, and you are called to become the parent who loves unconditionally. There is a younger child in you that needs conversion, and there is an older child in you that needs conversion. There is also a parent in you that needs to emerge so that you can welcome all those who “return” to you day after day.

Somewhere at the end of it all God wants each of us to be present at the banquet. The banquet is not only because the youngest returned, it is for the eldest too, and for the parents—together. We are called to be united in the Father and as the Father. “Be perfect as your Father is perfect. Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.”

So, let us humbly claim the “younger child” living within, and claim the “older child” living within. And let us strive to receive the Love within that forgives those inner, staying children, and welcomes others home.

Compassionate God, I believe I am received. Please fill me with joy to welcome those you’ve given to me.

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