Everyone would have heard the story of the prodigal son in the Bible. A son wanted his share in his father’s wealth and he took it and went to a faraway place. After squandering everything, there came a famine. And this man was given the job of feeding pigs in a farm. He wished to pacify his hunger by eating the stuff they give to pigs. But nobody gave him even that. Then he thought about his father and his love. Remorseful, he went back to his father’s place. He decided to say to his father to consider him as one of his hired servants; for he is not worthy to be called his son.
He went back and while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He asked his servants to put the best robe on him, and a ring on his finger, and sandals on his feet. He asked to bring the fattened calf and kill it. He ordered to have a feast and celebrate…. For the full version of the parable read the Bible – Luke: 15: 11-32
Also in the parable, we see the disposition of his elder son. He head the music and dancing and asked one of his servants what was going on. When he found that his brother has come back he became angry and refused to go in, “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!”.
“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘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.’
This was from the Bible. I did not understand the elder brother’s disposition all these years until someone wiser, someone of the Church, explained it to me. It is ‘jealousy’.
After every debauchery, man would, sooner or later, come back to his senses. If we have to be fortunate like the prodigal son, we have to stay fortunate. Be grateful to what we have. There is no point in squandering everything before we regain sanity.