“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways, but in these last days God has spoken to us by a Son, whom God appointed heir of all things, through whom God also created the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Jesus, in the fullness of God, created the universe; in the fullness of his humanity he needed to learn to walk, to learn his trade as a carpenter, and if history had been different, he would have taught his son. I think this is also true of his knowledge of the Father. With that in mind I propose a parallel of two sons…the younger son and Jesus. In some ways their story is very different; at another level it is similar.
Both received their inheritance, the wealth of the Father.
o … the Father divided the property between them.
o “This is my beloved Son, the Beloved, my favor rests on him.” [We receive our inheritance at our baptism.]
Both took their inheritance and left on a journey.
o The younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country.
o … Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness.
Both used what they had received to sustain them on that journey.
o There he squandered his inheritance. // to be tempted by the devil ...
o That country experienced a great famine. // He fasted for forty days and forty nights and he was hungry.
o No one gave him anything to eat// “… turn these stones into bread loaves.” Jesus replied, “Man does not eat by bread alone.”
Both, at the end of the journey, experienced the merciful love of the Father.
o “Quick, bring out the best robe, and put it on him, put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening and kill it; we are going to have a feast.”
o … and angels appeared and looked after him.
Both did “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord”(the Father). (Psalm 34:8) [Antiphon, Responsorial Psalm, fourth Sunday of Lent.]
Jesus was able to tell this story because of his own experience at his Baptism, of his total identification with us throughout his life. “For our sake he made him to be sin…”(2 Corinthians 5:21). He knew the longing of his Father for him, … his warm embrace … and his own longing for the Father.