Tears of the Father
The father in the story of the prodigal son suffered much. He saw his younger
son leave, knowing the disappointments, rejections and abuses facing him. He
saw his older son become angry and bitter, and was unable to offer him
affection and support. A large part of the father's life has been waiting. He
could not force his younger son to come home or his older son to let go of his
resentments. Only they themselves could take the initiative to return.
During these long years of waiting the father cried many tears and died many
deaths. He was emptied out by suffering. But that emptiness had created a place
of welcome for his sons when the time of their return came. We are called to
become like that father.