Let’s come to OUR FATHER
“And revived came to his father” (Luk. 15, 11-31)
Second Sunday of Triodion is the prodigal’s Sunday. On this Sunday is read the known to all of us parable. Therefore, besides, this Sunday has this name.
The parable, as regards the prodigal’s person, has been separated in two parts. The first part is including the prodigal’s separation from the father. The second part is including the prodigal’s return to the father.
As a child, the prodigal was in-tempted by the bad company, as it always happens with boys and girls unluckily. A third person always makes the great evil. They are well-educated often. They even speak foreign languages. But they are immature children. They are superficial. More specifically: they are unexperienced. And they are drifted easily into bad. The same happened and with the prodigal. He had affected by a bad friend and one day, full with audacity and impertinence, he was presented to the father and he asked the lot, that belong, in order to leave in a faraway country. The good father, in vain, tried change his son’s decision. The devil had gotten mind and heart from him. So the father, full of pain and bitterness gave him the share, and he, inflexible and unmoved to his father’s pain, left for a “faraway country”. Free from any paternal advice, he began the great life: Laziness, feastings, amusements, passes nights. At his side there were many friends and sinful women. But soon his purse had been empted. And then? Then! What a horror. He became swineherd and in pings he started eating the carobs instead of bread.
His life is now unbearable. But the pain softens his heart. He remembers his father and he is cries, he cries... Ah! Father and father again. Home and home again. By the time he took the big decision. He gave all up and started for home. When he arrived a big celebration took place. Joys and tears of father and child of his were composing shocking picture. The prodigal son was again close to his father.
A similar story is being also written and today in most homes. Young boys and girls write the same sad story, the same sinful adventure, the same prodigality with their life. Some bad friend is doing and the great evil here. So we often see with pain boys and girls leave their homes, separate from God, and make the great life through the horror of sin. According to a statistic data published in the press, 1667 girls and 687 boys left home and took the path of prodigality. Thus within a year 2.354 young people “passed away in a place by far” to live “in sin”. And they all were 21 years less than old. 2.060 of these today’s prodigals returned home. Rest of them, the 294, are continuing to eat the carob syrup of sin. They are continuing to spend their lives within amusements, passes nights, cards, drink, cigarette, drugs and other ethical lapses. And who knows how many more besides them! Prodigal young people’s era!
But not only young people are prodigals. Unfortunately lots of men and women, in some cases even parents having children as well, lead a life of debauchery. The man leaves his wife and the woman leaves her husband, and they are failing in dissipations with all the ugliness. One day a child felt one day on his father’s neck and screamed: “Daddy, come back to mom”. But, he absolutely unmoved, pushed his child away and left to “his girl- friend”!...
Boys and Girls, Men and Women,
You got your fight way the prodigal? Get now the way back like him. Repent for your sinful life and turn like back to God. Shepherds of passions, throw away the carob of sin and come close to God. Hungry souls, ask for forgiveness from a spiritual father and then come to be satisfied with the Body and Blood of Christ. God is waiting for you because He is THE FATHER.