Saturday, March 2, 2013

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20, Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

16th Day in Lent
Never believe yourself abandoned and alone. I the Lord, Your God am with you. Listen to your heartbeat, as close as your heartbeat is to You, I am closer. You belong to Me.
 Nehemiah 9: 12, 15
 12 You guided them by day with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire to light for them the way they should follow.
 15 You gave them bread from heaven and told them to satisfy their hunger; you made water gush forth from the rock to quench their thirst, and commanded them to go and take possession of the land which you had sworn to give them.


Micah 7:14-15, 18-20, Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12, Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 

Micah 7:14-15, 18-2

Beloved Jesus, You are our Good Shepherd and we are Your inheritance created by our Father in order that we may love, adore and glorify You. In doing so we glorify God and fulfill the purpose for which he created us.

Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12

My Beloved as we progress into our Lenten journey we discover anew Your wonderful mercy, compassion and readiness to always forgive us our many sins.  You redeem us and restore to us our inheritance.  As a loving father disciplines his children do do You discipline us but You are quick to forgive and relent, You do not stay angry with us forever.  Thank You for Your love that paid the price for our redemption giving us the promise and hope of eternal glory.

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

My Beloved thank You for welcoming sinners and dining with us.  In a world full of sinners this is our hope that You do not reject us.

Beloved not only did the son in this parable ask for his inheritance before the death of his dad which shows how callous, selfish and indifferent he was to the father, but he rejected him completely and left home only when it suited his convenience. He still had the gall to live in his father's home while he made arrangements to leave it. Only when he was ready to leave di he go. Using his father's resources as he always had, he goes as far away as he can from his father's influence.  All he desired was to be set free from all restraint in order to indulge his passions. He believed that freedom meant living without accountability

He quickly gathered around him like minded acquaintances to help him run through his fortune. One will find no shortage of hangers on who live like parasites on others leeching them bone dry.  Once he was stripped of everything including his pride and stood naked seeing himself for what he truly was, a sinner in need of redemption, he returns to the one place where he is certain he will not be rejected despite his sins. He can come home and find a place not as a son but surely as a servant.

He totally understimated the love of his father who was on the look out for his return ever since he left home. That is why he spotted him from a distance. He had kept vigil for his boy and when he say him, every shred of dignity was scattered to the four winds and he rant to his unworthy son and clasped him to his breast, kissed him tenderly and restored him to his former place in the family. He even threw a banquet to let everyone share his joy.

The world is full of of joyless, pride filled self-righteous older sons who will be surprised to find that they are far less pleasing to God than the sinner who knows he has sinned but loves God and contrite and repentant returns home.

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