Saturday 11 March 2023
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20. The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 102(103):1-4, 9-12. Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
The Father is always there to welcome us
Welcoming the unlovable with a meal. In a simple and outrageous gesture, Jesus shows us how to love as the Father does. For those needing a clearer demonstration of God’s love, he shares the parable of the Prodigal Son. It’s a simple story that captures the complexity of love and relationships that are formed, torn, mended and restored. Today, our meals have been reduced to fast, cheap and lonely experiences or outrageously expensive works of art that adorn the walls of Instagram. Often, they don’t carry the same gravity or intimacy of Jesus’s time. For Jesus, breaking bread with someone conveys acceptance, relationship and approval. The father prepared a similar dining experience on the return of his lost son. It’s important to consider how we welcome and embrace those who feel lost and beyond forgiveness, but to remember that the Father also waits for us at the table.