The story of the Prodigal Son gives us a beautiful portrait of the mercy and compassion of God. No matter who we identify with in the story, there is a celebration waiting for us. Matthew Zurcher, SJ, reflects and asks: What is keeping us from going in? Based on the readings for Sunday, March 27, 2022.
My friend, there is a celebration waiting for you. What is keeping you from going in? My name is Matthew Zurcher and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
Jesus’ Parable of the Two Sons reveals a God who shows special care for those of us who are lost. Sometimes we stray far from home and blow it all like the younger son. And sometimes, like the older son, we get stuck in one of the evil spirit’s most devious questions: what about me? We hear the music but jealously refuse to dance.
Whatever our lostness, God is waiting to dress us in his finest robe and welcome us home with a banquet. Jesus tells us of a father who runs, embraces, kisses, and begs us to come inside. At this point in Lent, it is good to pause, return home, and let God hold us in the warmth of his mercy.
This week, let’s ask what is keeping us from enjoying the feast God has prepared for us, let’s consider visiting our neighborhood confessional, and let’s celebrate and rejoice because we were lost and have been found.