This little sarcastic phrase is often used when someone turns up after being away too long. If you’ve just come back to work after an extra long lunch break, or a lengthy, envy-inducing holiday, you might be greeted by your boss with, “The prodigal returns!”
The prodigal son features in one of the most famous parables of Jesus. He’s called “prodigal” (an old English word for someone who is a waster, a reckless and irresponsible person) because he squanders the inheritance given him by his father. Here’s the opening of the parable…
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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.
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