Just as we are unaware of the blood and breath
continually coursing through our veins and lungs, keeping us alive,
so the elder brother lived on his father's mercy,
required it as much as did the prodigal son.
It's just that the prodigal son, upon his return from death,
having been gone for such a very long time,
needed a full blown transfusion,
full blown CPR.
That's why the Father's mercy looked excessive to the elder brother,
Even though, at the end of the day,
It was the same blood and breath that kept him alive