PARABLES OF JESUS
II. Gospel Parables
A. About God's Love
1. The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Then Jesus told them this parable:
Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them.
Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the
lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it
on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and
neighbours together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who
do not need to repent.
2. The Parable of the Lost Coin
Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one.
Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until
she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and
neighbours together and says,'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost
coin.' In the same way,
I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
3. The Parable of the Lost Son
There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his
father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his
property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got
together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered
his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there
was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in
need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that
country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to
fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no-one
gave him anything.
When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men
have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set
out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned
against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be
called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way
off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran
to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son
said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I
am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his
servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on
his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and
kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine
was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began
Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house,
he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and
asked him what was going on.
'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the
fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' The older
brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and
pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these
years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet
you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my
friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your
property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for
'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'
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