Luke 15:11-24 (NRSV)
11 Then Jesus said, ‘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
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
24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he
was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.