From the Word of the Day
But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. (Luke 15:32)
The parable of the good Father and his two sons tells of the younger son who abandoned his father, went away, and lived sinfully; and of the older son who remained at home but had many issues. This story shows the great goodness and mercy of the Father who knows how to understand and receive both of them. First we are told of the joy with which the father accepts his errant son back into his home. He had awaited him and now he can finally embrace the lost son again. The second part reminds us that all that belongs to the Father, belongs also to him and that the lost son is also the brother of the one protesting.
At times, we too act like the younger son and at other times like the older son. However, we must always remember that the heavenly Father is good and merciful with everyone because He loves us and always seeks our happiness.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank the Father for His constant love even when I sin and fail Him.
Lord, help me always remember that You love me no matter what.
The Voice of Pope Francis
God’s mercy is a great light of love, of tenderness. God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress, caressing our wounds of sin.