Food For Thought

Luke 15:17-20 When he came to his senses…

Prodigal, we think we know it all. We have it all figured out and we know what is best for our lives. The problem is we haven’t fully recognized what we already have and how we can contribute to it. A family is a small community. There is a leader or leaders who are members, and the rest of the members who participate in the infrastructure, which makes everything work and everyone gets what is needed. What happens when one person believes that the current infrastructure just isn’t working for them? It is at this point in Luke’s Gospel when the prodigal son, decides it’s time to go. In today’s families it may very well be a prodigal daughter, husband, or wife. It doesn’t really matter, because the fact remains that somehow a member of the community isn’t getting what he or she wants and believes that possibly the grass is greener somewhere else. But it’s not. There is certainly green grass, but there is also brown grass, and crab grass too. What does it take to come to our senses the way the prodigal son did? Most of us don’t have a wealthy earthly situation to come back to. It is possible though that what was left was simply a safe place where love, care, and compassion abounds, something money can never buy honestly. In some families love is hard to come by, in others it is plain as day and we refuse accepting it because it comes in the form of discipline and boundaries. Nevertheless, except in abusive (physical or emotional) situations, sometimes we have to work out where we are in our heart, mind and soul, before we are able to move on. In the same way with truth and love, God the Father waits for us to come to our senses. Instead of leaving, just ask him for what we need while we wait, and perhaps then we will recognize that what ever it is we thought we wanted, we always had. When this happens, then we move and take truth and love with us.