I may identify with either the prodigal son or his resentful older brother, but in this parable Jesus is calling me to be like the compassionate father.
How ready am I to forgive? To let go of resentment? To welcome the lost? To be a peacemaker? To show compassion to those who are poor, ill, or different from me in culture, ways of thinking, acting, being?
Today I will choose compassion over indifference and acceptance over judgment.
While [the younger son] was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. Luke 15:20b