9.8c Parable of the Lost Son
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Aug 5 c Jesus continued, “A man had two sons. The younger told him, ‘Father, give me my share of the inheritance.’ So the father divided his property between them. Soon, the younger son left for a far country and squandered his share. Then famine came, and he was in want. So he worked for a native who sent him to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with some of the husk the pigs ate, but no one gave him any. When he sobered down, he said, ‘My father’s servants have abundant bread and here I perish from hunger. I’ll return and say, “Father, I’ve sinned against heaven and you, and I’m unworthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.”’
Aug 6 So he returned to his father who, on seeing him coming at a distance and moved with pity, ran to him and passionately embraced and kissed him.
The son said, ‘Father, I’ve sinned against heaven and you, and I’m unworthy to be your son.’ But his father said to his servants, ‘Put the best clothing and shoes on him, and put a ring on his finger. Kill a fat cow for us to eat and be merry, because this my son was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found.’
Aug 7 His elder son, returning from the field, heard the music and the dancing. He asked a servant what was happening. He said, ‘Your brother returned and your father killed a cow for he is healthy.’ He got angry and wouldn’t go in, so his father came to plead with him. He said to his father. ‘All these years I’ve obediently served you. Yet you never gave me a young goat for a party with my friends. But this son who wasted your wealth on harlots returns, and you killed a fat cow for him.’
The father replied, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for your brother was dead and is alive again, was lost and is found.’”