One day a man with two sons was working on his farm , when his younger son came and asked for his share of his inheritance. The father gave the son his share and warned his that he would not get anymore.
With his inheritance from his father the son walked away from his father's farm and travelled to a distant country. In this country the son used up his inheritance on alcohol and on other items.
Suddenly a drought hit the distant country that the son had moved to. Out of money the son began working in a field with pigs without anything to eat. When he was out in the fields the son had a thought about his father and that even his workers get bread.
The son decided to return to his father's farm and work as a farm hand. When he returned home the son asked that his father take him on as a simple farmhand and to treat him as one. However the father accepted the son and asked a servant to get clothes, sandals and to prepare an ox for celebration.
The older brother however returned from working in the fields and saw the ox being prepared for dinner and asked the farmhand why he was doing this. The farmhand told the older son that his brother had returned and they were through a celebration. The older brother became angry because his brother had squandered his share of money and had returned like nothing had happened
The older brother then approached his father and asked why his father had accepted his brother as if he hadn't gone and wasted all of his inheritance. The father responded by talking about forgiveness and that it doesn't matter what someone has done, that he should forgive them and forgive his brother because his lost brother has come home to them. With these words and throughout this parable Jesus taught compassion and forgiveness to anyone who would listen.