About the parable:
The parable tells the story of a father who had two sons.
The younger son asked for his share of the inheritance in advance and the father gave it to him. Shortly afterwards, he left and squandered it all on excessive living.
After he spend all of his inheritance, he was broke and without food to eat. He said to himself, 'Even my father's employees live better than me, and here I am starving to death! I will go to my father and say to him, ‘I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son, hire me as one of your workers.’
He left back to his father’s house and when his father saw him coming in the distance, his heart filled with compassion towards him and he ran to him, embraced and kissed him. The son began to say, ‘father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’, but before he could continue the father called his servants and said: ‘bring quickly new clothe and dressed him, and put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet, prepare a festive meal and let us eat and celebrate. For my son was dead and is alive now, he was lost and is found.’
When the eldest son who was working in the field heard what happened and the sounds of celebration he became angry and refused to enter the house. The father came out to speak to his heart but the son said to his father, I have worked for you faithfully all these years and never did you make a celebration for me and my friends, but when this son of yours who wasted all your money on prostitutes comes back you make a big feast for him.
The father said to his son: ‘my son you are always with me and all that is mine is now yours. However, we should celebrate because your brother was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.
In the moral of this story, the father represents God who runs towards the prodigal son full of compassion. The prodigal son represents those who turn away from the father in rebellion while the elder son represents the religious man who honor God the father and keep all his commandments, but lacks love, mercy and compassion.