In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the son after coming to his senses returned to the father. The father had always been waiting for the return of his younger son such that even when his son was still far way off, he saw him coming along the way and ran to him and embraced him. The older son was indignant and jealous about the lavish treatment of his father at his younger brother’s return. He said, “‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him.’ The Father answered, ‘My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'” (Lk. 15:29-32)
What’s with love that it gives an almost boundless right, privilege, or entitlement to the person loved? A child has access to what its parent owns. A spouse possesses everything that the other has. Even lovers or friends have access and feel entitled to what the other possesses.
“Everything that I have is yours.” The unwritten rationale in the story is “because I love you.” Notice how the son used the language “slaving.” He said all those years, he had been slaving for his father and never disobeyed his orders. In the eyes of the older son, he was serving his father and obeying his orders, not out of love, but out of a sense of servitude, of enslavement. No wonder he never felt entitled to everything that his father had. He never felt love for his father. Otherwise, he would have felt the joy of serving his father and obeying everything he wanted because he loved his father.
Love changes the nature of all things. Even our trials and difficulties take on a different meaning , a more lively color, because of love. Our crosses become our proofs of love for the Father. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” It is not the difficulties that Jesus wants to burden us with. Rather, it is the love behind every sacrifice that He is asking from us. “If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:3)
Between God and man, it is all a matter of love. This love of the Father makes us very rich. Our Father is the King and Owner of the Universe. And everything that He has is ours. All we have to do is ask.