The “other son” in the prodigal son story was pissed at the party the sinning brother got when he returned (and asked forgiveness) while he had stayed and worked.
What makes today’s situation harder for “other sons” is that there is no return asking forgiveness. It seems our father has gone to the whorehouse and said- No big deal, it was small minded to worry about such things.
This causes our lost brothers to fill with pride that somehow their sinful actions were fine all along. They did not need to come back home.
It was hard to be that “other son” back then-but I understood. Today I just don’t understand...
The prodigal returned because his father’s servants were treated better than he was living. Had his father excluded any possibility of reconciliation there could have been no return. The prodigal knew he had failed his father but also knew his father would not want him destroyed. His contrition would have been impossible if there was no hope of reconciliation.
Jesus said to the prostitute:
“Neither do I judge you. Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”