Fourth Sunday of Lent
Posted by prepareformass on March 9, 2010
Jos 5:9a, 10-12
Ps 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 Cor 5:17-21
Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.
The Lord said to Joshua, Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth. Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God,
who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
and given us the ministry of reconciliation,
namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting their trespasses against them
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin,
so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
1439 The process of conversion and repentance was described by Jesus in the parable of the prodigal son, the center of which is the merciful father: the fascination of illusory freedom, the abandonment of the father’s house; the extreme misery in which the son finds himself after squandering his fortune; his deep humiliation at finding himself obliged to feed swine, and still worse, at wanting to feed on the husks the pigs ate; his reflection on all he has lost; his repentance and decision to declare himself guilty before his father; the journey back; the father’s generous welcome; the father’s joy – all these are characteristic of the process of conversion. The beautiful robe, the ring, and the festive banquet are symbols of that new life – pure worthy, and joyful – of anyone who returns to God and to the bosom of his family, which is the Church. Only the heart Of Christ Who knows the depths of his Father’s love could reveal to us the abyss of his mercy in so simple and beautiful a way.