Yesterday, we talked about the point of view of the eldest child in the story of the Prodigal Son. As a review, I told the story as a modern-day tale with the eldest child as a daughter, who stayed at home and worked for her wealthy, single mother at their burgeoning business; while the youngest, bisexual son ran off to squander his million on the world’s finest everything.
The question for today was: What would you be thinking if you were the mother of the long-lost youngest son?
After three years of not hearing from your child, whom you have given his inheritance early, you get a phone call from your head housekeeper. “Your son is home and safe!” The wealthy business owner has meetings scheduled for the rest of the day, she hasn’t eaten lunch because her morning was so busy, and her desk has more paperwork than she can handle. Still, she puts down the phone, asks her secretary to reschedule all of her meetings, and rushes home to greet her son. Why is she not angry?
In the story, as its recounted in the bible, the narrator’s point of view is “Third Person Perspective.” It is not the “Omniscient Perspective,” where the storyteller gets to know everything every character thinks. In the third person perspective, one character, who tells the story, only sees the actions of the other characters. So, we have a dilemma in the telling. We actually don’t know what the father thinks. We simply know his actions.
This gives us an opportunity to recognize a bit about spirit or God. By the telling of the story, we see that it doesn’t matter what the father thinks. The importance of the story is how he responds to the repentant child. He rejoices by giving him a party and welcoming him back with open arms. His words: “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15: 11-32).
Alcoholism runs rampant in my family, as does addiction. So, understanding the intricacies of feelings from all sides of the family unit has always been a great fascination. I was much like the eldest daughter in this story many times, when I saw parents coddle and indulge abusive children who were in the throws of addiction. But, as I have aged, watched, and taken it all, I can imagine completely how a parent would feel if her son was three years clean, repentant of his old ways, and wanted to return to her loving arms a new man. I would, also, celebrate.
I might now kill the fatted calf, but I would certainly be thankful to God. I might be extremely happy, but I would continue to follow the child’s growth and encourage counseling and meetings as he acclimated back into a normal life.
You see, the father in the story of the Prodigal son, metaphorically, is God. So, we are not meant to see into the mind of God, probably because we would anthropomorphize Spirit’s feelings. I like that we only see God’s forgiving actions, and, also that we are onlookers as God is willing to give us our inheritance whenever we ask for it, as the master does to his youngest son, without hesitation.
The eldest doesn’t get her share, because she never asks. She simply acts like a betrayed martyr, probably feelings loads of resentment. In general, I’d say that Source doesn’t reward a resentful mind, basically, because that mind is not bearing the fruit of the Spirit: compassion, love, prosperity, truth, and grace.
Our lives will always express what we think. So, the lessons we learn from the story are many. But, the most important lesson here, today, is that no matter what the parent (metaphorically Source or God) always wants to give us our wishes, and, also, rewards good decisions!
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