Lenten Reflection for 3/11
Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Merciful God, who sent Your beloved Son to teach us Your love and mercy, enable us to attain the joys of salvation and celebrate always with glad rejoicing.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
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[Then Jesus told them this parable:]
“But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.”
Like the elder brother of the Prodigal Son, we may feel the Prodigal Son should have been chastised and chastened rather than celebrated upon his return. This is especially true when we feel wounded. We feel God’s love is finite. If God loves this person that much, we think, then, He has less love for us.
But God’s love is infinite. When we realize this, we worry less about how much others have and more about our own ability to forgive, to love, to celebrate and to rejoice.
- Am I willing to receive back into my life someone with whom I have had a serious disagreement?
- Is there someone I need to receive forgiveness from?
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.