After listening to the parable Jane’s mom wanted to know, “Is it about the prodigal son or the forgiving father?”
“Actually there are many lessons, a wasteful son who demanded his inheritance and the forgiving father who couldn’t wait to welcome his son back. The older brother also had rights to be respected. There is no mention here of women or of the family as a unit made up of different people, each having individual and also family rights. It even seems to me that many stories are about men.”
“But there are women, like at the well, and the sinner who wiped his feet with her hair !“
“Father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” See Luke 15:1-32 for the whole parable.
Pope Francis: It is important to insist on the rights of the family and not only those of individuals. The family is a good which society cannot do without. AL44