Saturday 2nd Week of Lent
How sad it is when we venture out on our own, away from our Father.
Like the younger son in the parable, our sin, walking away from all that God provides for us, begins long before we walk away into the darkness of our immediate pleasures and our own will.
Something happens to us that causes us to be discontent while we are still at home in his graces.
Not doing our daily chores, faithfully fulfilling our Father’s will and seeking to please him in all things become routine because we love our own satisfaction more than our good Heavenly Father.
So we venture out on our own seeking to fulfill that immediate gratification.
With each passing gratification we grow emptier, more unfulfilled until we remember how good we had it back home.
That memory is the point of turning back to begin the long walk back to our Father.
With each step we become more sorry and regretful for how we have hurt him.
Notice, our focus has changed from us to our Father.
Many people take a long time before they approach the Lord in the Sacrament of Confession.
Focusing on ourselves only produces guilt.
We distract ourselves because we don’t like the guilt we are feeling.
But the Lord’s patience with us and his mercy slowly turns our guilt into sorrow, deep sorrow.
That’s what Jesus feels for us until he absolves us from our sins, a deep sadness for us.
That’s what Jesus feels for us until he absolves us from our sins.
Then comes the open arms.
Then comes the fatted calf and the ring on our finger and sandals on our feet.
These are all expressions of our Father’s joy that his child has come home.
My friends, a calf, a ring and pair of sandals can’t hold water to the eating and drinking the Body and Blood of our Heavenly Father’s Divine Son.
Welcome home to all of you.