United in love with his heavenly Father, Jesus teaches the people that they will know who he is when he has been lifted up. As we gaze upon Christ on the Cross may we recognize our hope as we turn from our sins and accept his forgiveness.
The Prodigal Son is a favorite parable for many, and it has layers of meaning and insight that serve us well. Whether it’s forgiveness or mercy we require, may we run to our Heavenly Father, trusting that the Lord will never give up on us.
The Lord makes is clear in the Gospel of Matthew that if someone has anything against us, we are commanded to go first and be reconciled. Seeking forgiveness and being about reconciliation may be the hardest thing we do as Christians, yet it’s essential if we seek to follow Jesus Christ.
When asked why he eats with sinners and tax collectors, Jesus offers a powerful response, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.” As we acknowledge our sins and seek repentance we, too, receive the Lord’s saving mercy.