Lent Wk 2nd,  Saturday, 18th March,2017  (Lk 15:1, 3, 11b-15, 20, 22-24)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

God’s Mercy: In today’s Gospel, the Parable of the Prodigal Son symbolises God’s infinite and unconditional Mercy towards sinners and those who have deviated from the Church.  Ponder on your life and ask yourself, “How much of God’s Mercy have you received? Have you shown mercy to others?”  How does this reflect your relationship with the Lord?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

The tax collectors and sinners, however, were all crowding round to listen to Jesus, so he told them this parable: ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, “Father, let me have the share of the estate that will come to me.” So the father divided the property between them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery. ‘When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch; so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. 

He left the place and went back to his father. ‘While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him. But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we will celebrate by having a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” ’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is very striking in his unconditional love for his son. It is a love that does not ask for explanation; it does not reprimand, but a love that is all merciful and forgiving. 

  • This love mirrors the love that God the Father has for all of us. It is a love that simply wants to lift us out of our pain and to intimately embrace us once again. 

  • Our love for others it is often conditional and demanding.  Ponder on the love that God showers on us and ask ourselves, “Does God want us to love others in similar ways?”