Saturday 6 March 2021

About Today Readings

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.

God remembers his people, those lost sheep

In Micah, the words clemency, compassion, faithfulness and loyalty seem to glow, offering the hope and consolation of God who remembers his people, those lost sheep. In Luke’s parable of the prodigal son, the father reaches out to both his sons who are each troubled in their own way. The younger son, like the stray sheep, returns home hungry, desperate and destitute. Risking his own reputation, the father has rushed out to meet him. The older son is resentful and self-pitying, convinced he has been treated like a slave.

How do we draw on faithfulness and compassion for loved ones who hurt us with carelessness and indifference? Are we willing risk our comfort and pride to embrace those who have lost everything and seem to offer nothing? Are there times when, as with the older brother, our resentment and jealousy spills over to threaten someone else’s joy? Loving God, even as we recognise our imperfections, may our hearts be opened by the example of your abundant love.

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