Lenten Reflection – 23 March – “Who is a God like you”

Lenten Reflection – 23 March – Saturday of the Second Week of Lent, Year C

The Readings
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12; Luke 15:1-3,11-32

“Who is a God like you, who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but instead delights in mercy …” …Micah 7:18

“For what was it Jesus’ detractors said?   “No man can forgive sins but God alone.” Inasmuch then, as they themselves laid down this definition, they themselves introduced the rule, they themselves declared the law.   He then proceeded to entangle them by means of their own words. “You have confessed,” he says in effect, “that forgiveness of sins is an attribute of God alone; my equality therefore is unquestionable.”   And it is not these men only who declare this but also the prophet Micah, who said, “Who is a God like you?” and then indicating his special attribute he adds, “pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407) Father & Doctorluke 15 31-32 sat of the second week lent - 23 march 2019.jpg

Daily Meditation:
We must celebrate and rejoice.

The Saturdays of Lent have a wonderful spirit.
Our lesson today takes us to the parable of the two sons:
– one who is ungrateful and leaves but returns, and
– one who will not accept the forgiveness
the father lavishes on the other.

Let us too think of this Father, Our God, who is so taken for granted by all of us! and let us say, Our Father, who art in Heaven…………

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons”...Luke 15:11

“In the parable there is another son, the older one, he too needs to discover the mercy of the father.   The poor father!   One son went away and the other was never close to him!”

Pope Francis – General Audience, 11 May 2016in the parable - pope francis 23 march 2019 the poor father.jpg

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…

Psalm 103:1–4

Closing Prayer:

God of infinite love,
You shower me with limitless gifts in my life.
In my every thought and action today
guide me to the bright and loving light of Your kingdom.
Help me to be aware of
the many ways You allow me
to share in Your life so intimately today.
Thank You for the gifts You have placed in my life.
Let me be grateful every moment of this day.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
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One Minute Reflection – 23 March – “There was a man who had two sons”

One Minute Reflection – 23 March – Saturday of the Second Week of Lent, Year C, Gospel: Luke 15:11:1-3, 11-32

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons”...Luke 15:11

REFLECTION – “How beautiful is the father’s tenderness!   The father’s mercy is overflowing, unconditional and shows itself, even before the son speaks.   Certainly, the son knows he erred and acknowledges it:  “I have sinned… treat me as one of your hired servants” (vv. 18-19).   These words crumble before the father’s forgiveness.   The embrace and the kiss of his father makes him understand that he was always considered a son, in spite of everything.   This teaching of Jesus is very important – our condition as children of God is the fruit of the love of the Father’s heart, it does not depend on our merits or on our actions and thus no-one can take it away, not even the devil!   No-one can take this dignity away.
Jesus’ words encourage us never to despair.   I think of the worried moms and dads watching their children move away, taking dangerous paths.   I think of the parish priests and catechists who wonder at times if their work is in vain.   But, I also think of the person in prison, who feels his life is over.   I think of those who have made mistakes and cannot manage to envision the future, of those who hunger for mercy and forgiveness and believe they don’t deserve it…. In any situation of life, I must not forget that I will never cease to be a child of God, to be a son of the Father who loves me and awaits my return.   Even in the worst situation of life, God waits for me, God wants to embrace me, God expects me.
In the parable, there is another son, the older one, he too needs to discover the mercy of the father.   The poor father!   One son went away and the other was never close to him!”…Pope Francis – General Audience, 11 May 2016luke 15 11 -the prodigal son - in any situation - pope francis 23 march 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty God, whose healing grace even here on earth, brings us the gifts of heaven, guide us in this present life to constantly seek You and to know You and to love You.   Lead us to that Light in which You have Your dwelling.   By following Your Son, faithfully bearing our crosses, may we be His light here on earth.   And may Mary, the Blessed Mother, constantly be our succour and lead us to You.   We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God for all ages, amen.mother of perpetual succour - pray for us - 27 june 2018.jpg