Our Compassionate Father

WORD of the DAY  So he got up and went back to his father.While he was still a long way off,his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20) How shall I live this Word?   It has always been called the Parable of the Prodigal Son or, according to a new translation more suited to the new generations, the parable of the spendthrift son. But when we carefully read the story narrated by Jesus we understand that the protagonist of this page of the Gospel is not the son who goes away claiming to want everything he deserves. Nor is it the story of the brother who is all home and work. Instead, the father is at the center. A father ‘other’ than earthly fathers, “because he responds to the request of his younger son by letting him go, without admonishing him, without contradicting him, without warning him. “Is there such a father among us humans? No! We are therefore immediately led to see in this father the Father, that is, God Himself, the only one who leaves us free in the face of the...