prodigal son


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prodigal son,

in the New Testament, parable of Jesus about heaven and the sinner who repents. A young man leaves home and becomes a wastrel; repentant, he returns to be received with joyful welcome.

prodigal son

squanders share of money in reckless living. [N.T.: Luke 15:13]

prodigal son

received with open arms by loving father. [N.T.: Luke 15:20–21]
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The Holy Father identified another temptation that sets up obstacles to those who, like the prodigal son, come to the father's house for mercy and bread: "the temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve.
His fall from grace is a nod to music's modern prodigal son, Pete Doherty.
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Almost everyone knows the Biblical story of the prodigal son who runs away from home to recklessly spend his inheritance only to return penniless.
Our Gospel reading is the parable of the prodigal son.
Shepard ties Buried Child not only to Desire under the Elms, but also to the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
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Diving into the turbulence of colour, which will reveal his destiny as an artist, young Harwan is ecstatic at his power to paint, and in that state of trance he approaches Rembrandt's painting The Return of the Prodigal Son.
Jesus' parable of the Prodigal Son recounts the misadventures of a young man from a well-to-do family who demands his inheritance early and proceeds to squander it on what the King James Version calls (with admirable economy of language) "riotous living.