“This son of mine
He is alive again!
He was lost
And is found!’
ὅτι οὗτος ὁ υἱός μου νεκρὸς ἦν καὶ ἀνέζησεν, ἦν ἀπολωλὼς καὶ εὑρέθη. καὶ ἤρξαντο εὐφραίνεσθαι.
This long parable story about the prodigal son can only be found in Luke, not in any of the other gospel stories. Luke indicated that Jesus said that the father of this returning son said that his son was dead (ὅτι οὗτος ὁ υἱός μου νεκρὸς). Now he was alive again (ἦν καὶ ἀνέζησεν). He was lost (ἦν ἀπολωλὼς) and now was found (καὶ εὑρέθη). Thus, they began to celebrate (καὶ ἤρξαντο εὐφραίνεσθαι). Once again, there was the theme of celebrating or rejoicing when they found something or someone who was lost. First it was the sheep, then the coin, and here the son. Rejoice and be merry when you find something or someone who was lost! Do you celebrate finding things or people?