Gospel Meditation

March 31, 2019
4th Sunday of Lent

Repentance. Envy. Joy. Hope. Have you felt these human emotions? Today’s Gospel offers a rich story, one we can all find our place in. As we reflect on our own spiritual lives this Lenten season, it can be helpful to imagine ourselves in the story of the Prodigal Son.

“I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.” The younger son has sinned greatly, betraying his father’s trust and squandering his money in sin. Yet the parable turns on his deep repentance and humble return to his father. Is there any area of your life you have been wandering from God or you’ve squandered good gifts? This Lent, return to the sacrament of Confession! God, a merciful Father, waits for you there.

“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” The father in the parable sees his son’s selfishness, perhaps even suspects what he might do, but gives him the inheritance anyway. After his son’s departure, the father waits with hope for his son’s eventual return. Has someone you love left the Church, made poor decisions, or abused your trust? This Lent is a time to let go of bitterness and to live in hope. Prepare your heart to be merciful!

Not all in the parable invite the mercy of God into their hearts. The self-righteous older brother dishonors his father with his pettiness. “My son, you are here with me always, everything I have is yours.” Do you covet what others have? Do you feel as if you’ve been taken advantage of or that your work goes unseen? This Lent is a time to grow in gratitude. Take a close look at the blessings in our life that you might be missing.

We are all called to repentance. Open your heart to God’s personal invitation to growth!


MEDITACIÓN EVANGÉLICO

31 de marzo de 2019
4º Domingo de la Cuaresma

“Padre, he pecado contra Dios y ante ti. Ya no merezco ser llamado hijo tuyo.” (Lucas 15:21). En está parábola se encuentra la misericordia de Dios en abundancia, sin límites, para aquel hijo arrepentido. El Evangelio nos narra: “Pero el Padre dijo a sus servidores: ¡Rápido! Traigan el mejor vestido y pónganselo. Colóquenle un anillo en el dedo y traigan calzado para sus pies. Traigan el ternero gordo y mátenlo; comamos y hagamos fiesta?”. (Lucas 15:22-23). Jesús no tiene límites; recibe a todas las personas, a nadie le da con la puerta en las narices, como decimos comúnmente. El se abre totalmente al que lo busca; tal como lo hace el Padre al hijo pródigo.

El Padre es modelo de misericordia y perdón. Sabe reconciliar y después del abrazo de bienvenida llega la fiesta a lo grande para el hijo. El Papa Francisco, nos recuerda que “Jesús no describe a un padre ofendido y resentido, un padre que, por ejemplo, dice al hijo: ‘me las pagaras, ¡eh!’; no, el padre lo abraza, lo espera con amor. Al contrario, la única cosa que el padre tiene en su corazón es que este hijo este ante él sano y salvo y esto lo hace feliz y hace fiesta”. Y el papa agrego. “En cualquier situación de la vida, no debo olvidar que no dejaré jamás de ser hijo de Dios, ser hijo de un Padre que me ama y espera mi regreso. Incluso en las situaciones más feas de la vida, Dios me espera, Dios quiere abrazarme, Dios me espera.” (11 de mayo 2016). 

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