Saturday, March 26, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, March 26, 2011 (Saturday of the Second Week of Lent)

Transcript of homily recorded on Saturday, March 26, 2011

By Monsignor Gerald McSorley

Well, we are making our way through Lent; tomorrow is the third Sunday of Lent. So here, this morning, Jesus offers us a parable, a very well-known parable, a parable of God's mercy, and we call it the Parable of the Prodigal Son. And Jesus, through this parable, wants to teach us something important — something very important. What does Jesus teach us through the Parable of the Prodigal Son?

Forgiveness. Whose forgiveness? God's forgiveness. God forgives us.

See, the parable was told because the scribes were accusing Jesus of eating and being in the company of people who were considered sinners. So Jesus went on to tell the people and to tell us this parable of the younger son who leaves his father's home and spends all his money and is in great need and hungry and he doesn't know what to do. So he decides he'll go back to his father's house and ask forgiveness and asks that he be treated no longer as a son but just as a hired worker. But he goes back, and his father is waiting for him, thrilled to have him back, and treats him with great love and great compassion, great forgiveness. So Jesus is telling us that sin takes us away from God, from our heavenly father.

Sometimes we take the wrong road in life, we are disobedient to God, but God is always waiting to receive us back and always ready to forgive us. God is ever merciful. And this is a very important teaching that Jesus wants us to learn, that God forgives us and we don't have to worry about our past sins. When we repent of our sins, we are forgiven.

During Lent, especially, we are encouraged to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, go to confession, make a good confession, receive forgiveness and God's grace to help us to stay on the right road in life.

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