Rembrandt’s “The Return Of The Prodigal Son”

Any Christian, and maybe non-Christians too (?), is sure to have come across Luke 15: 11-32, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”

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And he said, “There was a man who had two sons;

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and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them.

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Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.

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And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.

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So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.

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And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.

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But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!

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I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;

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I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”‘

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And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

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And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

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But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;

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and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;

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for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.

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“Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

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And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.

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And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’

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But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,

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but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.

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But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’

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And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.

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It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”

I recently realised that this parable has a personal meaning to me and thus, after much contemplation on my part, I have decided to begin this blog…

…to document the spiritual journey back to my Father’s house

…although I never “physically” left…

(but that’s a story for another time) 😉

God Bless.

– The Prodigal Daughter

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