This parable ought to be called the prodigal father, since the parent in the story extravagantly spends and gives. The uncustomary (and for the older brother, unsettling) generosity of the father is the key to understanding this story. Notice both the material AND the relational generosity. We are always longed-for, always loved, always welcomed by God. This is true about all our brothers and sisters in the human family. Will we share and celebrate with them?