The Prodigal Son

THE parable of the Prodigal Son typifies that state of mortal consciousness which is so submerged in materiality and the gratification of the senses as to be perfectly satisfied with itself. In its selfishness, it wanders far away from the true idea of happiness, which, we are told in Science and Health, p. 57, "is spiritual, born of Truth and Love." After a while this false sense fails to satisfy, and consciousness is awakened to feel the need of something higher and better. Through suffering and want, pride and self-will are laid aside, and in meekness and humility, this human consciousness arises and goes to the Father,—Principle, Good.

Though yet "a great way off," from the attainment of spiritual perfection, this turning away from sin and the humble, honest desire for Good, is met by Divine Love, and the realization of man's divine sonship brings with it peace, and the "joy of sin forgiven."

January 29, 1903

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