Sunday of the Prodigal Son
A quote from St. Nikolai Velimirovic
“He who has no patience with us when we sin does not love us. Neither does he love us who does not forgive us when we repent of our sin. And he loves us leasto of all who does not rejoice at our improvement. Patience, forgiveness and joy are the three greatest characteristics of divine love. They are characteristic of all real love…. Without these three characteristics, love is not love. If you give the name “love” to anything else, it is thought you were giving the name “sheep” to a goat or a pig.
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, The Lord Jesus has given us a picture of real, divine love, painted in such clear colors that it pulsates with life before our eyes, as this world does when, after the darkness of night, the sun shines forth. Two thousand years have not dulled the colors of the picture, and they will never be dulled as long as there are men on earth, and God’s love for them. On the contrary, the more sinful men become, the more vivid is this picture: the more vivid and the fresher.” St. Nikolai Velimirovic, Homilies, Vol. I (On the Prodigal Son)
Tone 3 Kontakion (from the Lenten Triodion)
I have recklessly forgotten Thy glory, O Father; and among sinners I have scattered the riches which Thou gavest me. And now I cry to thee as the Prodigal: I have sinned before Thee, O merciful Father; receive me as a penitent, and make me as one of Thy hired servants!