Story telling has been popular ever since human beings learned how to put words together to form sentences. In ancient times, few people were able to read or write. Whenever they wanted to teach something important, they made up a story about it. This made the teaching not only easy to learn but easy to remember.
Jesus probably told more stories than most teachers. His stories are called parables. A parable is described as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
The parable in today's gospel is The Prodigal Son. After asking for his inheritance, the prodigal son wasted all of the money and had nothing. When he returned home, his father greeted him with great happiness and had a celebration. This parable teaches us that God feels that same kind of happiness over one repentant sinner.
There are three weeks remaining in Lent. This is a great opportunity to come to God in the sacrament of reconciliation. Jesus died for us and rose again three days later. Our celebration of Easter is that Jesus gained from us forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life.
Sincerely in Christ,