So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him (Lk. 15:20).

The parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps one of the better known of Our Lord’s parables. His method of preaching was such that His parables are meant to lead gradually to the hidden reality that can be truly discovered only through discipleship (Pope Benedict XVI) or faith. What is the hidden reality of the parable we have just heard? The answer to

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