How do we welcome home our lost brothers and sisters? By running out to
them, embracing them, and kissing them. By clothing them with the best clothes
we have and making them our honored guests. By offering them
the best food and inviting friends and family for a party.And, most important of all, by not asking for excuses or
explanations, only showing our immense joy that they are with us again.
(See Luke 15:20-24).
That is being perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. It is forgiving from
the heart without a trace of self-righteousness, recrimination, or even
curiosity. The past is wiped out. What counts is the here and now, where all
that fills our hearts is gratitude for the homecoming of our brothers and sisters.