24 這個如同浪子的世界  

在耶穌「浪子的比喻」中,說到一位慷慨無私、滿心仁愛的父親,他有兩個兒子。大兒子表面乖順,向來不敢違逆父親,小兒子卻自命不凡,不甘受約束;以致父親尚且健在竟要求均分家業,好外出闖蕩⋯,浪子最終散盡家產,窮途潦倒到一個地步,甚至欲與所放牧的豬爭食亦不可得。他在絕境中猛然醒悟過來,明白自己的妄自尊大驕痴無忌,既得罪了天也得罪了父親。於是興起回家懇求父親接納,哪怕是做一個家僕的念頭⋯。殊不知在另外那頭,父親日日夜夜守在家門口,引頸盼望兒子的歸來⋯。耶穌以此隱喻天父上帝與這個如同浪子的世界的實相。

In the parable of prodigal son told by Christ, a generous selfless father has two sons. The older son is the obedient one while the younger son is so unruly that he demands his father to divide his inheritance among his two boys while the father is still alive. The younger brother squanders away all his money and becomes so destitute that he sleeps in a pigsty. One day, he realizes his arrogance and pride has offended his father and God. He returns home, begging for his father’s forgiveness and mercy. He asks for a job as a service. But what he doesn’t know that all along, his father has been waiting for his return. Christ used this parable to describe God’s relationship with the world as if it were a prodigal son.

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