Perhaps the saddest of all human spectacles is the poor soul who, having known, loved, and served God, abandons Him for a life of sin. Having experienced both the bliss of God’s friendship and the misery of man’s sin, why do these poor souls continue to choose the latter state?
Perhaps the Prodigal Son is such a famous parable because its circumstances are so spectacular. Rare indeed does the story play out in real life. Once a soul abandons the truth, it’s awfully tough to win them back.
And yet we see Our Lord completely consumed with love for these poor souls. He tells that He came precisely for their benefit. He called them to Himself while here on earth, and He continues to do so today. Wayward souls will offer a plethora of excuses for delaying their return to the truth, but none of it matters. We don’t need to hear those excuses, and we don’t even need to counter them. All we need to do is pray. Pray to the one who has the power to bring these souls back home, and let the conversions begin.