Returning to the Father

The parable of the prodigal son is a great favorite with many of us; and in the light which our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, sheds upon the Bible, the deep meaning of the parable becomes clear.

The second son, having received "the portion of goods" that fell to him, wandered away from his beautiful, harmonious home, away from the care of his loving father, and "wasted his substance with riotous living." The father remained at home, continually surrounded by harmony. The son's belief in separation from his father brought its own punishment, and the boy went from bad to worse until, in humility, he resolved to return home and to beg to be accepted, not as a son, but as one of the many hired servants of his father. On his return, his father joyfully received him as a son, as if he never had left.

Looking Upward
March 1, 1930

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