The OTHER Prodigal Son

We have heard the parable of the lost son. It’s all about a father with two sons. The younger son asks his father to give him his portion of the family estate as an early inheritance. The father gave his part and the son went on a distant land and begins wasting his fortune on wild living. When the money runs out, He finds himself miserable. He takes a job feeding pigs.

The Bible says that the son came to his senses, ask his father’s forgiveness and the father forgave him his sins. He receives his son back with open arms.

But this is not my topic? I’m talking about the other brother. The older brother.

We got a picture of how the younger brother “messed up”.

When the father threw a spontaneous “welcome home son” party, the older brother was so upset and angry, he wouldn’t even go into the house.

He should have been happy his brother was back, if for no other reason than just for the fact it made his Father so very happy.

He resented the brother for returning.  He clearly deeply resented his Dad for welcoming him home.  His attitudes are always near the surface: Self-righteous.  Self-seeking,  self-serving, Selfish.

He talks to his Dad…”All these years I worked for you like a slave.” I proved myself to you and I deserve to be lifted up, I am responsible unlike my younger brother who knows nothing but to squander your kindness, these are the words on his head

The very same word on our head.  People who think that they are better than the other.

How many people have the same attitude like the older brother?

People like…

Mas marami akong alam, mas marami akong experience, mas may pinag aralan ako , mas magaling akong magpaliwanag …

And not only that…

Hindi ko kailangan ng paliwanag mo, hindi ko kailangan ng advice mo, hindi ko gusto ang taste mo…

And the last thing…

Ayoko ng mayabang, ayoko ng sinungaling, ayoko ng pretender, ayoko ng oportunista, ayoko ng plastic.

Every word and attitude we express, reflects of who we are,  if we can only express the true sides of brotherhood,  lest we avoid the existence of the OTHER prodigal son.


  1. Nicely done, but if our Father was God, and we are still not with him, then we are the PRODIGAL son, and all others that follow him is the other son, the one who isn’t happy when God appreciates us more than them. Good post. There are many people like these. 🙂

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