Moments in Philippine Daily Inquirer by Fr Jerry Orbos SVD
4th Sunday of Lent
In today’s Gospel (Lk. 15, 1-3.11-32), the prodigal son made his journey back to his father when he stopped listening to what others were saying or would be saying, and finally listened to the voice within. That’s when he came to his senses and decided to go home to his father. Let not our goodness be drowned by the negativities, cynicism and distrust of people around us.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful story. More so is its message of hope. God understands our weaknesses. He understands our reluctance, our hesitation to repent because of our pride, insecurity, or hopelessness, but He does not give up on us. He waits for us and welcomes us back without conditions, ready and happy to celebrate our homecoming. Yes, God is loving, merciful, compassionate and understanding.
On the other hand, the Parable of the Prodigal Son reminds us of our sinfulness, ingratitude and pride. Often, we go back to God because we have nowhere else to go, or because of fear, or just to play it safe, but no matter how shallow or impure our motives are, God accepts us unconditionally. What a loving God we have!
Based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, let us be deaf to people who tempt us to worldly pleasures, or who tell us to value money over our loved ones. Or who tell us that we are no good and hopeless because of our sins. Or who tell us to just stay in the mud because we are already dirty.