instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The voices of the parable

Riffing on something I heard in a homily today:

There are three perspectives on a repentant sinner in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
  1. The younger son's: "I no longer deserve to be called your son."
  2. The older son's: "You never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends."
  3. The father's: "Let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again."
And there are two sides to repentance: The one who repents and the one who accepts.

So the question is, whose voice do you hear when you ask for repentance, and whose voice do you hear when someone else asks for repentance, and is it the same voice, and is it the voice of the Father?