Friday, March 23, 2007

'Remember not the events of the past ...'

In the first reading this week from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, we hear the words, “Remember not the events of the past, The things of long ago consider not; see I am doing something new.” God is always doing something new in our lives. Each new day is His gift to us and every moment, a moment of grace. Let us begin each day with a morning prayer, thanking God, praising God and invoking God’s help for the challenges and opportunities that await us. Living each moment aware of the presence of God will fill us with hope, peace and joy. The same prophet has God saying to us, “you are mine, you are precious to me. I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” I hope we can always remember that.

I will be at the Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside this week making my annual retreat. Please pray for me, as I will for you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Prodigal Son

The Gospel passage for today relates to us the parable of the prodigal son.

Jesus taught this parable to teach us of the mercy, compassion and forgiveness of God, our Heavenly Father. Only St. Luke’s Gospel records this parable, as it does other parables that have the same message. Jesus invites us to have confidence in the love of God for us. When we sin and turn away from Him, God is always waiting for us to return to Him. He will always forgive us and never turn us away.

We are called to love and serve God, not out of fear of punishment but out of love. In our dealings with others we are asked to imitate God’s forgiveness and compassion. As we continue our Lenten journey, may we reflect on this parable and the invitation it offers us.