Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-14; 17-28; 31-32
Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he told them this parable:
‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ” So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.
‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” ’
Our gospel for today is from Luke 15:1-3, 11-14; 17-28; 31-32 which is about the parable of the prodigal son. Luke 15:1-3, 11-14; 17-28; 31-32 will give us different perceptions on what the Father could do for His son.
This parable is a picture of the steadfast love of God for us. The prodigal son in the parable is us, the sinners. God is our Father who always waits for our return.
After what the prodigal son did, the father still welcomed his son with tears of delight. He orders his servants to have a feast for his lost son for now he is back. The father threw a party for the son he lost and now is back.
The gospel in Luke 15:1-3, 11-14; 17-28; 31-32 is very vital among us this Lenten Season. This is our reminder that even though we committed grave mistakes we still can fix it and go back to God. This is a call for us to repent on our sins and do what is good to please the Father in heaven.
This Lenten Season, we will again commemorate the sufferings of Jesus, the Son of God who became human to save us. The cross is our redemption yet a reminder that we must carry our cross to follow Him.
For how long are we going to commit sins? We have only limited time here on earth and we must live on goodness. We don’t know our time so we better take care of our soul first.
The prodigal son who realized that he did awful things is now renewed. The other son who is good at heart who did not left his farther is always lucky to know what is right and wrong.
This parable is only a reminder of great cause that no matter how twisted we are, we can still repent. – Clea | Helpline PH