Roc Homily Part One – Twenty-Fourth Sunday Ordinary Time 2016
The Prodigal Family has impulse control issues
The father of the family can’t help himself. He gives what should not be given. He runs wildly to meet the younger son. He has the fatted calf prepared for a feast. He pleads with the elder son.
The younger son can’t help himself either. He asks for what was not his. He “gets the hell out of Dodge” to party far off. He works as a swine herder. He gets the bright idea that he could get fed at home. He returns.
The elder can’t control his resentment of the younger and the father. He never asked for anything and resents getting less than he expected. He refuses to enter the party. He rages at his father in public.
A 5:29 intro to a homily about 9/11, looking at the elder son. –roc,sj