In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the tax collectors and so-called sinners that Jesus ate with would have identified with the youngest son. The Pharisees and Scribes were meant to identify with the oldest son who completely misread his filial relationship as one of slavery, a clear parody of their misguided religion. The story is really a story of the “Prodigal Father,” lavish in love, who shatters the self-understanding of both sons and wants both sons to be free. This pardoning and prodigal God invites us to a family party freed from aimless wandering and resentful dutifulness. As usual in Gospel Parables, the story is open-ended. It is up to the listener to finish it. Will you enter this feast?