Have you ever wanted to run away?
So many people have tenuous relationships with their families. It is what makes for good plot lines in comedies especially with those that are based on holiday time.
We may even be able to relate to the younger son, who just wanted to get out of town.
But what we see is that in leaving his family, he also leaves all that he has been taught. His concern is not to be integrated in the community; it is solely on fulfilling his own desires.
Just like the parent waiting at home, hoping their child will come back and change their life, God waits for us, hopefully expectant of our return home.