Saturday 2nd Week of Lent.
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
How good it is to come home.
In this parable when the younger son
asked his father for his share of the inheritance,
he had big plans.
Things at home just seemed to be going nowhere.
I know I’ve had those moments
and maybe you have as well
when our walk with the Lord
seems to be going nowhere.
Doing our daily chores,
trying to please our Father as best we can
just become so routine.
I often think of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
who was in the dark night of the soul
most of her life.
Her only consolation was her enduring love for Jesus.
There’s times that we are not always that faithful.
Jesus understands this and he knows
the grass always seems greener on the other side.
But if we think back,
of the number of times we ventured off
trying to find our own fulfillment in stuff,
how boring that gets.
With each passing gratification
we grow more empty and more unfulfilled
until we remember
how good we had it back home.
That memory is the turning point back to our Father.
With each step
our heart becomes more filled with sorrow
as we remember how good he was to us.
All of a sudden his love is so important
as our focus changes from ourselves to him.
Truly the Lord fills our hearts with sorrow
as we turn our focus to him.
Something wonderful changes in us.
We no longer feel shame
but regret and deep sorrow.
This sorrow is what Jesus feels for us
until he absolves us from our sins.
Then comes his open arms.
Then comes the fattened calf
and the ring on our finger
and sandals on our feet.
These are all expressions
of our Fathers joy
that his child has come home.