Sunday 31 March 2019
4TH SUNDAY OF LENT.
Joshua 5:9-12. Psalm 33(34):2-7. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 33(34):2-7.
‘He was lost but now he has been found.’
Today’s gospel offers us the parable of the lost son, his dutiful brother, and their father.
The Pharisees were unhappy that Jesus welcomed outcasts, and even ate with them. So Jesus uses the parable to teach the way his Father acts.
The wasteful son, full of guilt, returned home. Before he could even express his guilt and request forgiveness, he fell into the loving and forgiving arms of his father. Joy filled the heart of the father. Anger and resentment possessed the older dutiful son. The father explained in a non-judgmental way that he was celebrating the return with a heart full of joy. He also affirmed his dutiful son.
Lord God, we pray for the grace to imitate always, as Jesus did, the freely expressed love and forgiveness that you sent into to our world.