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4th Sunday of Lent: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

A man & two sons

Study: Reflect on your life for a moment.  When was a time you really (REALLY) messed up?  When was a time you were upset that others didn’t “get what they deserve” when it came to punishment?

Pray:  What in your life needs God’s forgiveness and mercy right now?  Ask for the Lord’s grace.

Serve:  How can you reach out to others, to foster reconciliation and a new beginning?  How can you help heal a situation in your life?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

Who doesn’t know the parable of the Prodigal Son?  This story told by Jesus has 3 main characters:

  • The Father – who reaches out to his sons
  • The Younger Son – who is reckless and wasteful in his sins
  • The Older Son – who is angry and unwilling to forgive his brother

Let’s start with the Younger Son.  He messes up – no question about that.  He presumes his inheritance, wastes it on sinful living, and is reduced to abject poverty through his own fault.  Finally, at the end of his rope he comes to his senses and asks for mercy, if only to be a servant in his Father’s house.

The Older Son is dutiful, hard working, and faithful.  He does his duty and carries out every command.  Yet when he hears how the Father celebrates his younger brother’s return he is angry…it’s not fair!

Finally the Father.  Note how the Father goes out to both of his sons.  The Father takes the initiative:

  • with the Younger Son he runs out to meet him and assure him a place in the household
  • with the Older Son he goes out to meet him to encourage forgiveness and welcome

Perhaps we might use the next few days to consider this simple question:  Which Son am I?  Have I made some really bad mistakes, caused harm, and wounded relationships with others?  Have I held on to a grudge, nursing old injuries, unwilling to forgive and seek reconciliation?  Or perhaps we are a mixture of both – making our share of messes and denying mercy to those in need.

Whatever we discover about ourselves, we will find our Father who comes to meet us where we are and lead us to a deeper level of grace.  May we return to the Lord in our need and be filled with the grace of healing reconciliation.

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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Note: This post was first published on February 29, 2016.


Daily Mass: Our hope is in the mercy of God. Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Micah offers words of comfort and hope, reminding us that in the midst of our penitential practices in this season of Lent, we trust in the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Thank goodness Jesus spends time with sinners! Catholic Inspiration

While spending time with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus’ response to the scribes and pharisees offers us hope.  The Lord’s willingness to bring healing and forgiveness to those in need reveals Christ’s longing for our redemption as well.  May we follow the example of Levi and respond to the Lord’s call.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday

Most of the time we avoid looking at our weaknesses, failures and sins.  Not today.  Today we take a long hard look, examine our conscience, and honestly admit that we are sinners.  Why?  So that freed from the slavery of temptation and sin we can receive the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Ash Wednesday

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Daily Mass: Temptation, Sin and Forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The will of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord reveals his compassion for the leper who begs to be healed in the Gospel today.  May we trust in Christ’s merciful will for us in our need as we draw near to the one who longs for us to be made whole.

Mass Readings – Friday after Epiphany

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Photo Credit: Son of God, 2014.

 

 


Daily Mass: Building up Body and Soul. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord takes pity on the crowd and he nourishes them through teaching, compassion and food.  Following his example, we are called to do the same as we help our brothers and sisters by building them up…body and soul.

Mass Readings – Tuesday after Epiphany

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