No one gave him anything ...
And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
This is the beginning of one of Christ's most famous parables. It is Act I of a three part play. In this Act we see the unregenerate condition of all human beings. This state of humanity is greedy and thinks only of them self. Like this young son they have embraced an ideology of entitlement and a hedonistic lifestyle. We see ourselves in the selfish demands of this son and we see the kindness of God in his father. It is like Jesus is holding a mirror to our souls.
Likewise we can also see our unregenerate condition in the callousness and indifference of the people in that far country who seemed to like the boy when he had money but did nothing to help him in his time of need. Does your heart not break for this young boy who was so hungry that he wanted to sit down and eat with the pigs? It is a stark and compelling image of all who would reject the table of our Father for the scraps this world offers.
I am broken Lord and in need of your touch. I repent. Heal me of being self centered and selfish.