Scripture Reading: Luke 15:13

The story of the Prodigal Son teaches the danger in falling away from grace after having tasted the beauty of God’s grace. Sin alienates us from God. It deprives us of the sweet savour of the presence of God. This reality plays out so succinctly in the story of the Prodigal Son whom Luke the evangelist, describes as leaving his father and journeying to a distant country after collecting all his belongings. The comfort he enjoyed with his father soon made him think that life is the same everywhere. The love shared between father and son meant nothing to him as long as he had the opportunity to enjoy that love. He thus counted the father’s presence as nothing. As it were and still is even in our time, most people do not value what they’ve got until it is lost. As such, prompted by contempt, the Prodigal Son embarked on a journey from which he was to learn the lesson of his life. We are not very different from the Prodigal Son in our attitude. How often dear friend, do we take the grace and mercy of God in vain? How often do we treat the Eucharist with contempt? How often do we disregard holy things and sacred objects out of familiarity? How often do we enter a church and still behave as if we are in a beer parlor and perhaps insist that it is only a “church auditorium”? Such was the case with the Prodigal Son. The Prodigal Son became so used to the father that he began to take the father’s love, mercy and loving presence for granted. As it were, we often do not regard what we’ve got until it is lost. The young man soon departed from his father with all that he had. He got his things and left the presence of his father.
The consequence was as expected. Famine struck his new harbor and his possession was carried along. He began to experience sufferings and pains. He began to starve to the point of desiring the feed of pigs. We also sin, abandoning our loving Father who in a prodigal manner lavishes us with His love and mercy. We often desert that Father’s presence while seeking and striving for transient material things. The questions we need to answer at this point are, “how far have you gone?”, “where are you headed for?”, “where are you going?” Dear friend, which direction is your life taking? How far have you gone? Sin truly separates us from God. When we sin we too, like the prodigal son, abandon God our Father and journey to a distant country. We separate ourselves from His love and mercy and position ourselves where His grace cannot reach us. Nevertheless, the distance we have gone does not matter with God because all He does if we can cry to Him for help is just a stretch out of His hands and we will be saved. He anxiously awaits our return every moment and desires that we return to Him. Wandering hearts, the Master bids you come back to Him irrespective of how far you have journeyed.

MASS: RED 1 Peter 5:5b-14; Ps 89:2:3.6-7.16-17 (R.2a); Accl. 1 Cor 1:23a-24b; Mk 16:15-20 ST. MARK, EVANGELIST (Feast)

PRAYER POINTS:
1. Thank God for the message we have received today.
2. Pray for all those who are lost deep in drugs and alcoholism, abortion and prostitutes, that the good Lord may intervene in their lives in Jesus name.
3. Pray for mercy upon your waywardness, especially those moments you took the mercy of God for granted.
4. Pray for all those who have lost hope on the mercy of God, and those who have crept into despair.
5. Father, I come back to Your loving hands. Give me the grace to remain with You forever.

Exercise: Work on the most dominant of your bad habits today.

Meditation: 1 John 5:18

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