Return to God

Dear friends: On this fourth Sunday of Lent, the Church rejoices in the coming of Easter. It is the Gospel of the return of the prodigal son that is proposed to us as today’s reading. This is indeed a Gospel of joy and peace, for it concerns a truly profound and lasting conversion: that of a son who returns to his father and throws himself at his feet, asking for his forgiveness for having squandered his entire inheritance. Here we are called upon to renew ourselves and experience the loving invitation of our Lord. In the early church, those candidates to be baptized, and public sinners, were called upon to understand that Jesus alone is the new life. As we enter into this penitential week, I invite you to join, and celebrate God’s unconditional mercy and love.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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