The Prodigal Son and My Prodigal Conscience
By Aleksei Santino Alegre, Antioch
When I was a kid, I remember that the one parable that hit me the hardest was the story of the Prodigal Son. In fact, when I first read it, I distinctly remember crying. There’s just something so beautiful and touching about the father forgiving his son despite all the selfish things that the latter has done. However, upon reflecting upon this same parable today, I realize that the son also had an important role in the process of forgiveness. After all, he was the one who sought it out.
What does it mean to seek forgiveness? For me, I think it all starts with admitting that we were in the wrong in our disagreement with others. We cannot truly seek forgiveness when we don’t recognize that we ourselves are in the wrong. We must be repentant and really want to fix things with those whom we fought, not just seek forgiveness just for the sake of ending the fight. Admitting we are wrong, however, is much easier said than done. In fact, I can think of so many reasons why it’s difficult to admit we’re wrong, and they all really depend on the situation. Personally, I think for most of my problems, my pride and ego get in the way. I hate admitting that I’m wrong about something, especially about things wherein I have strong feelings. This attitude can be detrimental to me when I get into arguments, because I rarely back down from my stance.read more from P2 of this week’s Parish Bulletin>>>>>
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