Fourth Sunday of LentMarch 11, 2013
TWO SONS WITH ONE PROBLEM
It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to reflect on this great parable of a father and his two sons during our Lenten journey – a journey when we are so very aware of our sinful and hopefully, so very thankful for God’s mercy.
Here we have a father and two sons. The younger son first takes and then receives. This is important. There is a moment of grace that happens in the story – one that I must admit I never quite noticed before.
When the son is sinful, he takes. “Give me this,” he says. God is Love and love does nothing else but give. It is all love can do. Sin takes. Love is about the other. Sin is about me.
But notice what happens when the son returns: he no longer takes, he receives.
When we love, we receive as a gift, but since it is not about me, that gift flows through me to others. But when we sin – when our ego is in the driver seat – we take the gift saying this is for me. It is mine. We may even be thankful and humbled by it. But it is never yours.
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: (Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)