Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Lent, by S. Corrine Ann Brown, OSF

embraceReflection for March 10, 2013
Fourth Sunday in Lent

First Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12
Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel: John 9:1-41


Most of us know well the parable of the Prodigal Son.  And each time we have it proclaimed or read it ourselves we are struck by a new thought or inspiration.  I want to call this parable the parable of the Prodigal Father.  The word prodigal, according to Webster, means extravagant, generous, giving.  The father is generous with his love for each son, also forgiving of the son who returns after foolishly losing all his money.  This man is indeed a compassionate loving father.  He has no doubt prayed for a long time that this wonderful homecoming would happen, that the the brokenness would heal.  His perseverance prevailed.  Here in this Prodigal Father is embodied unconditional love, tolerance, openness and forgiveness.

Dear God, give me the wisdom to see my intolerance of others, my self-righteousness and biased judgements.  Then I pray for the grace to grow in love and acceptance of my brothers and sisters and also of myself.  I will need wisdom, strength, and courage.  Let us pause today, quiet our souls, be willing to listen to the God of our hearts.  Pray for a genuine forgiving heart.  God’s grace will not fail us.

S. Corrine Ann Brown, OSF

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