Fourth Sunday in Lent

The readings this week are from Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; Psalm 34; Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians 5:17-21; and Luke’s Gospel 15:1-3, 11-32. This week is also the Second Scrutiny so there is the option for readings from Year A to be used instead.

Today is Laetare Sunday it is the week in Lent which we are reminded to rejoice and be thankful. Thematically the readings this week skew towards reconciliation. This week we hear the parable of the Prodigal Son/Merciful Father, this is a story about all of us and our heavenly Father. How often do we feel like we want to just go away and do our things forgetting about the Church and the commandment. Often time I think that especially during Lent when we have all these people converting and joining  or reaffirming their faith, which leads us to be like the faithful brother asking why do we celebrate them while I’ve been here the whole time. However we are really both brother in the reading at times we can be like the one who leaves and squanders everything only to eventually return and other times like the one who stayed.  Most importantly let us remember the Merciful Father who upon seeing his son returning home goes running toward him greeting him with hugs and kisses. This Merciful Father is our Heavenly Father who calls us to be him in the world, let us try and show more mercy in these final weeks of Lent and the rest of this Year of Mercy.

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