The Prodigal Son was the parable from the Gospel at mass today. The parable details the mercy of God, and is often shown to be an analogy for the Israelites and Gentiles. What actually jumps out to me from the details are three things. First, in order to receive mercy from God, we must acknowledge the truth of our situation. We must see ourselves as we truly are in relation to what God has called us to. Then we must seek that mercy (not least, by aligning our lives with God's law), it doesn't just come to us. Last, God is always waiting for us, and will espy us from afar, if we but begin our journey towards him. Much more could be said, but I will leave my reflections at that.