Lk. 15:1 Now all the tax collectors and
sinners were coming near to listen to
Jesus. 2 And the Pharisees and the
scribes were grumbling and saying,
“This fellow welcomes sinners and eats
with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:
11 “There was a man who had two sons.
12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the
property that will belong to me.’ So he
divided his property between them. 13
A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant
country, and there he squandered his
property in dissolute living. 14 When he
had spent everything, a severe famine
took place throughout that country, and
he began to be in need. 15 So he went
and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his
fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would
gladly have filled himself with the pods
that the pigs were eating; and no one
gave him anything. 17 But when he
came to himself he said, ‘How many of
my father’s hired hands have bread
enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to
my father, and I will say to him, “Father,
I have sinned against heaven and before
you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be
called your son; treat me like one of
your hired hands.” ’ 20 So he set off
and went to his father. But while he was
still far off, his father saw him and was
filled with compassion; he ran and put
his arms around him and kissed him. 21
Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before you; I
am no longer worthy to be called your
son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves,
‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one
—and put it on him; put a ring on his
finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And
get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us
eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of
mine was dead and is alive again; he was
lost and is found!’ And they began to
celebrate.
25 “Now his elder son was in the field;
and when he came and approached the
house, he heard music and dancing. 26
He called one of the slaves and asked
what was going on. 27 He replied, ‘Your
brother has come, and your father has
killed the fatted calf, because he has got
him back safe and sound.’ 28 Then he
became angry and refused to go in. His
father came out and began to plead with
him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never
disobeyed your command; yet you have
never given me even a young goat so
that I might celebrate with my friends.
30 But when this son of yours came
back, who has devoured your property
with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf
for him!’ 31 Then the father said to
him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and
all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had
to celebrate and rejoice, because this
brother of yours was dead and has come
to life; he was lost and has been found.’”
Explore more on this Sunday’s Gospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.
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