The subject is of much discussion. One common kontakion hymn of the occasion reads, I have recklessly forgotten Your glory, O Father; And among sinners I have scattered the riches which You gave to me.
The father went out to the disgruntled older son.
As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. When we come to Him, He washes away all our evil deeds of the past, not holding them against us. You think back over the long months and years—lost time that cannot be regained. The Prodigal Sona painting by Rubens of the son as a swineherd.
Would pride prevent you from returning home or restoring a relationship? He was barely making enough money to buy food. All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders.
From the Renaissance the numbers shown widened slightly, and the various scenes — the high living, herding the pigs, and the return — of the Prodigal Son became the clear favourite. What do you think?