Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

March 6, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Book of the Prophet Micah 7:14-15, 18-20

Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

           

            Today’s readings are all about forgiveness and the mercy of God, but there is another angle to forgiveness which deals with justice.  God is merciful and forgives our sins whatever they are, if we are contrite, if we are really sorry, and if we simply ask.  However, we must ask one question; how does that relate to responsibility for our actions?

            In Luke’s Gospel narrative of the prodigal son, the bad brother takes his inheritance early, leaves home, and squanders his money.  The good brother stays home and continues to work for his father and will wait for his inheritance.  When the bad brother returns home to a rejoicing father and a party, we can understand why the good brother feels betrayed by his father.  The good son has obeyed his father’s wishes, worked hard, and gained no reward.   It seems the bad brother should not get a reward for his debauchery, but should he be abandoned?  The father explains to the good son that everything he has is already his and that his brother who was gone (lost) has returned and that is indeed the cause for the celebration.  Celebrating that bad son’s return doesn’t really hurt the good son; he still has everything he has earned and worked for.

            Friends, Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners.  This activity was unheard of.  These were not good people to be associating with.  The implication was that anyone who associated with these sorts of people was a sinner as well.  However, Jesus had a mission to help people, to turn them from their wicked ways, and place them on a path of righteousness.  The people who were already on the right path did not have as much need of him as those who were heading in the wrong direction.  The good people who are already on the right path have their reward in heaven.  If a sinner, someone who had been lost could return to the right way, well, that’s worth rejoicing.  Isn’t it?

Question of the Day:  During this season of Lent will you return to the Lord through the sacrament of Reconciliation?

Prayer:  “The Lord is kind and merciful.  He pardons all your iniquities, he heals all your ills.  He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion.”  Psalm 103

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