Mar 10, About Today for Sunday of the 4th week of Lent

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:17-18). [1]

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The Gospel reading presents us with the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). We hear the plea of the younger son, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you” and witness his repentant heart. This honesty to the father can serve as a model for us and testifies to the power of authentic conversations with God. It’s comforting to see the father’s response. He runs to greet the lost son. The love that prompted the father to go out to meet his returning son symbolizes the infinite love of God. The second reading tells us that this infinite love is manifest in Christ. In Christ, the Father extends to us an invitation to be loved and to be made new in Jesus. [2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version s.v., “Corinthians, The Second Letter of Paul to the.”
[2] Adrian Nocent, OSB, The Liturgical Year: Lent & Holy Week (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1977), 167-171.

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