Fourth Sunday of Lent

Jos. 5:9, 10-12 | Ps. 34:2-7 | 2Cor. 5:17-21 | Lk. 15:1-3, 11-32

All the readings speak of new life and new beginning, that is, the old order is over and a new order of love and grace is beginning.  Josepha speaks about the old form of living and eating being replaced by the new manner of food which will be produced in the Promised Land.  Paul reminds us that Christ established a new order of living into God.  Christ brought about the reconciliation of the world through His suffering and death.  We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors to that world by bringing about through our life and actions that same reconciliation.  We are called to bring peace to the whole world.  Christ, through His association with the sinners and the poor, brought about a new way of life to those who were poor as well as to those who belonged to the upper classes of the Pharisees and Scribes.  The parable of the Prodigal Son was taught so that all could see that God was a loving God who desired the return of all sinners to God.

Take time today to pray with these scripture passages.  How might you be called to new vision, new life in Christ?  What new way of living and forgiving might God be inviting you to begin?  Take time to recognize God’s deep longing of love towards you.  Accept that Love and share it with others.

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