The Prodigal Son story, as relayed by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, is the basis for the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of Confession. As mentioned in a previous post, it includes confession, conversion, penance, reconciliation and forgiveness.
What is interesting about that story is that God does not meet the son out where he is sinning. He waits for him to return home.
Too many times people expect God to come to them, to bless their sinful behavior. They want God to accept their weaknesses lock, stock and barrel, even if that means occasionally offending our Creator.
But God doesn’t work that way. He will never bless that which offends him. We must come to him. And the first step in that process is seeking conversion. The son, awash in his moral and physical filth, wants to be better, to be different. He wants to improve and purify himself. He wants to leave that filth behind and return home.
That is how we must define our relationship with God, as his children finding their way home. We must want to be with him. We must want to convert our behavior to align with his expectations, not ask him to lower his expectations to meet our fallen nature. We must look at our lives and be honest with ourselves. We must step away from the moral pigsty and long to lead a more holy life.
God is waiting for us to return to him. He wants to forgive us and allow us to be reconciled with him. He wants to throw a heavenly party in our honor because we left our sinfulness behind.
He’s waiting for you. Go home.