Scripture Reading: Luke 15:20
The Father of the lost son had shared to him what was due to him. The father gave the son his freedom, gave him what he needed in life to be comfortable, happy and have life in abundance and enjoyment. The father was not going to be stingy with his wealth. The son, in the maze of the euphoria of that moment, made away with the share of his father’s wealth. He left the surroundings of his father and went away from home, where he spent his time in frivolities. He was the son of a stupendously rich father. He knew this beforehand and would work according to this mind set. He was far from the glory, honour, wealth of his father. It then dawned on him, while he was feeding on the feeds of swine, that he had gone away from life, love, mercy, glory, blessings, happiness, success, etc. He was faced with a very devastating situation that threw him off his identity. Having thought to himself how bad he had come this way, he had his step retraced back home having realised that he was the son of a rich Father.
Everyone would expect that such a son is not worth considering, bearing in mind that he had been very foolish in his decisions. The son was on his way back home. The Father right from the day the son left home was patiently waiting in love to have him back. He will never be at rest until he sets his eyes on his lost son and shower love upon him. He didn’t care what might have been the past of his son; but one thing was certain – he needed to celebrate the return of his son back home. He was out in the street waiting for his strayed son. He went asking about his son. Back home the son had returned and he was going to mention to his father: Father, I have sinned against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son. (Lk.15:21) A very characterising mark of the Father is that the father was not interested in the story of his son. He was interested in the celebration of the return of his son, the repentance of his son, the condemning of the world by the son. The father was set to go prodigal with his son this time with mercy and love. Immediately, the father called out to his servants: Hurry, he said, “bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found. And so the feasting began.” (Lk.15:22-24)
The psalmist says of the mercy of God: “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, abounding in love and mercy.” (Ps. 85: 15-16) The Lord does not hate the sinner; what he hates is the sins of him whom He created in His image and likeness. Of the father, the psalmist says: “The Lord is good; His love is eternal and His faithfulness lasts forever”. (Ps.100:5)
O Child of God, do you feel that your sins are too great to be forgiven? That you cannot meet with the mercy of God? That you are condemned to death? Make your way back home and experience the prodigality of the Father’s love and mercy. Approach the throne of Mercy with your heart of repentance and experience the mercy of the loving Father. (Heb.4:16)
MASS: GREEN/WHITE Sir 2: 1-11; Ps 37: 3-4. 18-19. 27-28. 39-40; Mk 9: 30-37
PETER DAMIAN, BP, DR
- Praise the Lord for His mercy and Love which endures forever.
- Ask the pardon of the Lord over every sin you have committed.
- Say to the Lord meditatively: Father (3x), I know I have gone away from love, mercy, life, happiness and handed over myself to the dominion of the evil one. I recognise this day who I am in You; a child of the Most High. I claim my rightful position in You which has been left vacant in the name of Jesus, Amen.
Exercise: Pray for all those who have rejected the love of the Father and have chosen to remain in sin.
Memory Verse: Isaiah 1:18