March 18, 2007 4th Sunday Lent Year C

Scripture: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

‘God is love’ ? we have heard it so often! But has this deep truth really entered our lives. Today Jesus gives us the famous parable of the Prodigal Son. (really it is the story of the Generous forgiving Father). We know the story; this week let us reflect again on the message that God loves me as I am.

There are 3 characters in the story;

  1. the younger son ? do not over-emphasize his dissolute life, more than his Father’s acceptance, and unconditional love.
  2. the elder son ? he is cold, unforgiving and takes his Father for granted. In fact he too insults his Father,
  3. the Father of these 2 sons. He loves his two sons.

The younger son insults his Father, leaves home and wastes his father’s generous gifts. Despite this, his Father comes out of his home and gazes own the road waiting for his son to return. He sees him, runs out and hugs him “Welcome home, my son!”

The older son resents this kindness. He thinks his brother deserves punishment not forgiveness and welcome. He will not even go inside the house to meet his Father. But this loving Father comes out. A Japanese man said to me “In fact no father on earth is so forgiving “. That is true! But GOD OUR FATHER HAS THIS KIND OF COMPASSIONATE HEART TOWARDS EACH ONE OF US>

This week spend at least a quiet 5 minutes just feeling the hug of God. He accepts us we are. We are wrapped in His love. Realizing this profound truth can give a wonderful flavor taste to our everyday life.

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