Bible: Luke 15:11-32
The Parable of the Compassionate Father
15:11 Then 1 Jesus 2 said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The 3 younger of them said to his 4 father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate 5 that will belong 6 to me.’ So 7 he divided his 8 assets between them. 9 15:13 After 10 a few days, 11 the younger son gathered together all he had and left on a journey to a distant country, and there he squandered 12 his wealth 13 with a wild lifestyle. 15:14 Then 14 after he had spent everything, a severe famine took place in that country, and he began to be in need. 15:15 So he went and worked for 15 one of the citizens of that country, who 16 sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 17 15:16 He 18 was longing to eat 19 the carob pods 20 the pigs were eating, but 21 no one gave him anything. 15:17 But when he came to his senses 22 he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food 23 enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned 24 against heaven 25 and against 26 you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me 27 like one of your hired workers.”’ 15:20 So 28 he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home 29 his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; 30 he ran and hugged 31 his son 32 and kissed him. 15:21 Then 33 his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven 34 and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 35 15:22 But the father said to his slaves, 36 ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, 37 and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger 38 and sandals 39 on his feet! 15:23 Bring 40 the fattened calf 41 and kill it! Let us eat 42 and celebrate, 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found!’ 43 So 44 they began to celebrate.
15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. As 45 he came and approached the house, he heard music 46 and dancing. 15:26 So 47 he called one of the slaves 48 and asked what was happening. 15:27 The slave replied, 49 ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has killed the fattened calf 50 because he got his son 51 back safe and sound.’ 15:28 But the older son 52 became angry 53 and refused 54 to go in. His father came out and appealed to him, 15:29 but he answered 55 his father, ‘Look! These many years I have worked like a slave 56 for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet 57 you never gave me even a goat 58 so that I could celebrate with my friends! 15:30 But when this son of yours 59 came back, who has devoured 60 your assets with prostitutes, 61 you killed the fattened calf 62 for him!’ 15:31 Then 63 the father 64 said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours. 15:32 It was appropriate 65 to celebrate and be glad, for your brother 66 was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’” 67