SATURDAY, SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Reading 1: Mic 7:14-15,18-20 We see a vision of God who forgives sins, removes guilt, and delights in clemency and compassion.
Gospel: Lk 15: 1-3, 11-32 Jesus tells the parable of the Prodigal Son. It is the story of our life as sinners, whom God never gives up on!
RETURN TO THE EMBRACE OFTHE FATHER
The image of the Lord as our shepherd is always a comforting one. Today’s readings focus on how the Lord is not only always at our side shepherding us through life, but loves us no matter what. Many times as teenagers, children tend to get rebellious and ‘fight for their freedom.’ However, no matter what the child does, the mother will hide all the pain in her heart, and selflessly and compassionately love her child.
In our journey of life when things are going well, we are prone to turn away from God; however, the pleasure of sin lasts but for a short while. As soon as we face a hardship or sorrow, we run to God, pleading to be freed from the burden.
The first reading, proclaiming God’s compassion, reminds us that he is a forgiving God who never stays angry, shows his faithfulness and showers his constant love on his people. God eagerly waits for us his children to come back to him; for this, we just need a tiny spark of repentance to be ignite our hearts. The Lord patiently and lovingly waits with open arms to embrace us and surely rejoices on our homecoming. “People who are well do not need a doctor, but only those who are unwell.” (Mk 2:17)
The parable of the Prodigal son is one of the most versatile parables in the Gospels and it is apt to any given time. Even today we can identify ourselves with the characters. Transformation is something that we are all in need of. It is never too late to turn back from an unchristian life and embrace God. Confession is one of the powerful sacraments which unburdens our soul, leaving it devoid of all debt of the past, and with the feeling of being accepted in love and equipped with new strength. This Lenten season, as we acknowledge our shortcomings before God, let us become more loving and forgiving people, thus bringing peace not only to our lives but to that of others as well.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 103: 1-4, 9-12 The Lord is compassionate and gracious.
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