Chapter 242 The Great Gospel of John, Book 6

(Lk. 15:17) And coming to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have abundance of bread, and *I* perish here by famine.

(Lk. 15:18) I will rise up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee;

(Lk. 15:19) I am no longer worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

7. Since he suffered a lot and in the highest need had only roots and gras to eat, he finally turned into himself and said in his thoughts: 'How many day workers does my father has at home, who have bread in abundance and I perish here because of hunger! I want to get ready and move back to my father and say to him: 'Father I have sinned before you in heaven!' I'm not worth it to be your son anymore; just make me one of your lowest day workers!'

(Lk. 15:20) And he rose up and went to his own father. But while he was yet a long way off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell upon his neck, and covered him with kisses.

(Lk. 15:21) And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee; I am no longer worthy to be called thy son.

(Lk. 15:22) But the father said to his bondmen, Bring out the best robe and clothe him in [it], and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;

(Lk. 15:23) and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry:

(Lk. 15:24) for this my son was dead and has come to life, was lost and has been found. And they began to make merry.

8. And thus the son travelled back to his father. But when he still was far away. The father already saw the son, and he felt sorry for him. He thus ran towards him with open arms and put his arms around his neck and kissed him. But the son said to the father: 'Father I have sinned in heaven before you; I'm not worthy to be called your son anymore!' But the father said to his servants: 'Bring immediately the best clothe and dress him and put a ring on his finger and put him shoes on! And bring a fattened calf and slaughter it and let us eat and be happy! For this my son was dead and has become alive again, he was lost and found back again! Thus let us sing and be happy!'

(Lk. 15:25) And his elder son was in the field; and as, coming [up], he drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.

(Lk. 15:26) And having called one of the servants, he inquired what these things might be.

(Lk. 15:27) And he said to him, Thy brother is come, and thy father has killed the fatted calf because he has received him safe and well.

(Lk. 15:28) But he became angry and would not go in. And his father went out and besought him.

(Lk. 15:29) But he answering said to his father, Behold, so many years I serve thee, and never have I transgressed a commandment of thine; and to me hast thou never given a kid that I might make merry with my friends:

(Lk. 15:30) but when this thy son, who has devoured thy substance with harlots, is come, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

(Lk. 15:31) But he said to him, Child, *thou* art ever with me, and all that is mine is thine.

(Lk. 15:32) But it was right to make merry and rejoice, because this thy brother was dead and has come to life again, and was lost and has been found.

9. However the oldest son was in the field and when he came home, he heard singing and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. And the servant said to him: 'Your brother has returned, and you father has slaughtered a fattened calf for him, since he found back his lost son.' Thereupon the oldest son became enraged and didn't wanted to join. But the father went outside and asked him for it. And the eldest son answered and said to his father: 'See, for so many years I have served you and have never transgressed your commandments, but you never have given me only one goat, so that I could be rejoicing with my friends! Now that this your son has come back, who has squandered his possessions with whores, you have slaughtered for him a fattened calf!' 'My son, you are always with me', spoke the father, 'and everything which is mine, is also yours!' Therefore you should be happy; since this your brother was dead and has become alive again, and he was lost and found again!' Then also the elder brother went in and was very happy about the younger brother.

10. See, these parables tell you everything, which those need who in their hearts in their love resemble the Father in heaven; who only is stuck in wisdom, do not feel the great need of love of the Father.

11. David, the man after the heart of God, also had two sons whom he loved very much. Although he was pursued by Absalom and he (David) opposed him with all power to defeat him, what premium would he not have paid to him who could bring back his beloved son alive! Salomo was wisdom himself and was always around David; but David's love and inclination was towards Absalom.

12. O My beloved, this parable says endlessly much! What joy will David's heart feel, if his lost son could be brought back to him alive!

13. O My beloved, in love there are still many things hidden, what no wisdom has ever fathomed; therefore is the Father as the everlasting love also bigger than the Son, who, as its light, is before you.

14. Therefore I say: many things are impossible for even the most wise people, which by God in His love is still possible! - Do you believe this?"

15. Said now Lazarus full of joy: "Lord, we thank You most fervently for this message; since who is not hit with the sevenfold darkness of the soul, must most tangibly recognize, what You wanted to indicate by this. At least I have understood You most clearly and this will be the case with many."

16. Said nearly all who were present here, that they understood what has been said quite well.

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