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Fr Desmond O'Donnell: The most misunderstood New Testament parable is the prodigal son

The parable widely described as being about the prodigal son is less about an errant son and more about a merciful father. It is, says Fr Desmond O'Donnell, God's self-description

Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son - regarded by some critics as the finest picture ever painted - depicts the son's return to the father after years of absence. But the story is often misunderstood, says Fr Desmond O'Donnell
Fr Desmond O'Donnell
THE most misunderstood story in the New Testament is the parable in which God describes himself. Found in Luke 15, it is mistakenly called the parable of the prodigal son - which it is not. It is t[...]

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