Luke 15: 11-32
Seventeenth Day after Pentecost
TEXT: "He ran (to the boy) and put his arms around him and kissed him"
Human families set mankind apart from all other living creatures. Who else but human parents have children they can call their own for longer than it takes to set them on their feet or on their way? Even the most "affectionate" animals -- the vixen, the bear, the lioness -- teach their cubs to make their own way in the world and then forget them. After the eagle has taught her eaglet to fly, she will see it no more. Calf, colt, grasshopper, dragonfly -- all go their separate ways as soon as they can. Only humans stand with their children from first to last, from birth to death. In other words, only the society of humanity is held together by the bond of love.