As we approach the culmination of the Lenten Season, we are presented by the gospel today of the immensity of God's love. It tells us a story of a forgiving father and his two sons - one wayward and the other somewhat self-righteous. The parable of the prodigal son is sometimes called 'a gospel within the gospel,' perhaps because it talks so much about the good news of God's loving forgiveness.
In our journey towards conversion, we can identify ourselves to either the wayward son or the self-righteous one. However, both need the mercy and compassion of God. This Fourth Sunday of Lent, let us continue to reflect on the generosity of God towards us. In spite of our short comings, God is still willing to forgive us, to embrace us, to wait for us patiently, to welcome us back into His loving arms.
May our Lenten journey become a fruitful and significant move towards our own conversion. Let us remember that true love is forgiving. And there's no better way to experience that love than to receive God's forgiveness.
Let me take this opportunity as well to announce to all in our faith community that as part of my pastoral program for our parish and the attached parishes, I am re-launching the celebration of the Eucharist every first Sunday of the month, 4pm at Saint Clement in Monarch beginning April 7th. Saint Clement is an oratory (chapel for occasional worship) attached to Saint Mark. Therefore, it is my pastoral obligation to take care of the oratory and our flock in Monarch.
May we all continue to strive in embracing the light of Christ in our everyday life so that we too, may become Christ's light in the world we live in. Amen.