Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Tuesday 28 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Wenceslaus
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

WATCH: We Are Called to Go Looking for the Prodigal Sons

Zoe Romanowsky - published on 03/04/16

Jeff Cavins reflects on the 4th Sunday of Lent readings

It’s a well-known story: an older brother and a younger brother and a very generous father. The younger son goes off and squanders the early inheritance he’s received, eventually ending up back at his father’s house, repentant. He’s welcomed home with joy by his father, and a wonderful party is given in his honor.

But the older, faithful brother isn’t pleased. He is envious, misunderstanding his father’s mercy and generosity, says biblical expert and author Jeff Cavins. Most of us have been one of these characters at different times in our lives. Cavins encourages us to remember the true meaning of God’s mercy and to remember we are called to go out in search of the prodigal sons and daughters and remind them of the same.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
Fr. Michael Rennier
The purpose of life according to J.R.R. Tolkien
Giovanna Binci
He’s autistic, she has Down syndrome, and they’re wonderfully hap...
crisis man
Marzena Devoud
Advice from 3 monks for overcoming acedia
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
Christ and the woman taken in adultery
Daniel Esparza
What Jesus wrote
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.