March 31, 2019 4th Sunday of Lent-C

Joshua 5:9, 10-12

Psalm 34

2 Corinthians 5:17-21

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain… Lk. 15:1

Lord, I reflect on who I am in your parable.  Am I the wayward son who goes off and squanders his inheritance on evil living?  Am I the jealous older son who refuses to rejoice when his brother comes back home?  Am I the complaining Pharisees who don’t want to see your mercy bestowed on people they despise?  Am I the forgiving and loving father who cares deeply for both his sons?  Everyone knows a friend or family member that we may call the “black sheep” of the family because they have behaved badly or have broken away.  I have, at times, been a black sheep in your family.  If so, I want to come home to you and once again live in your peace.  I pray there is gratitude and joy at our reunion.  If I am at home, may I rejoice at the return of any sinner who wants to be back in your arms.  If I am a loving parent, I pray for my lost child and beg you to watch over them.  I pray also for patience until they are touched by your grace and come home.   Amen.