Joshua 5:9-12 2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 Luke 15:1-311-32
Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent. The color is rose. We are coming closer to Easter.
All three of the readings including the psalm take on the theme of mercy and joy (celebration).
In the first reading the Israelites celebrate their first Passover in the Promised Land. The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have taken the shame of Egypt away from you” – Wow, there are times I wish the Lord would do that for me –I think He does but I am not aware of it. They celebrate the Passover good food bread not manna and roasted corn (delicious, I experienced that in Rwanda). God was so present to his people –what a joy-filled celebration after all those years in the desert. WE will experience this on Easter.
The second reading from Corinthians speaks of a new creation in Christ and it is all God’s work. We are forgiven through Jesus and now we must hand on this reconciliation to others. This reading is very much linked to the Gospel of today.
The Prodigal Son or the Parable of the merciful Father is very much familiar to us. Sometimes we can relate to the younger son and at other times the older one but both teaches us about unconditional love, love that has no limits, mercy which can transform a person. The parable begins with the younger son and ends with the older but both reveal God as Father. The Father is merciful with the younger son but the older one is invited to be merciful as the Father God is merciful.
The lesson that Jesus wants us to learn today is that God is merciful, compassion, forgiving and welcoming.
If we can live this way then we will be able to accept ourselves as people who need conversion and accept others who come to us for mercy.
How many times the 4 years in the school say, “I am Sorry, I promise to be good “ and I forgive them with a hug.
As adults why are we so reserved to say, forgive me please or I forgive you. Maybe in the coming weeks before Holy week, we can be aware of our need for the mercy of God.
-Sister Rose Ann
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