This Gospel is often called the return of the prodigal son. Many people assume the word “prodigal” means lost. But the original meaning of the word is “yielding lavishly” or “abundant.” Knowing the word’s meaning gives us another take on this parable. How are we “prodigal”? Are we yielding with mercy like the Father? Or are we abundant with revenge like the son who stayed put and grew stonehearted? Theses 3 characters show ways of being prodigal. How do you choose to live?