This is not a story about a Prodigal Son, who spent recklessly and squandered all that he had until he hit rock bottom. Those types of stories are a dime a dozen. This is the story of a Prodigal God. One who spent recklessly—way more than he should have for someone who didn’t deserve it.
The parable of the Prodigal Son is actually a story about two sons. Both want the same thing, but the younger son comes to a profound realization: better than having the father’s stuff is having his heart.
Having an honest look at our own life will always reveal how great a need we have for forgiveness. No human is exempt from this universal need. Jesus helps us see this in these words from the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew.