Lost and Found

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/11/2016

in Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent — Cycle

March 6, 2016

“But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” (Lk 15:32)

Lost and Found

“Rejoice in the Lord always.”

Family members accept, love, forgive each other.

That’s what families do.

Just as marriage partners vow to love each other for better or worse,

In good time and bad times,

In sickness and in health,

Until death parts them,

That’s what families do.

When the prodigal son lost family values, he lost stability to gain a wild freedom.

“I want riches and freedom and fun times.”

“I want my share of the inheritance now.”

What a blow for his loving father. This demand hurt him deeply.

How different was the eldest son. He lost his cool and became angry, envious and childish.

That’s what families do. 

The father gave the prodigal son his portion of the inheritance and let him go his wild way.

He hoped and prayed his son would be safe and someday return home.

(I wonder if he tied a yellow on the fence gate.)

When did the run-a-way decide that his freedom fling was not what he expected?

He learned a lesson about riches, freedom and pleasure.

Now that his money ran out, so did his fair weather friends too run out of his life.

Remembering his family values, he repented, returned home and confessed to his father.

At last the prodigal son allowed himself to be found and forgiven.

His loving, compassionate and merciful father reinstated the lost one now found.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What are you seeking
  2. What brings you back to our heavenly Father?
  3. For what do you hunger?
  4. What remains unreconciled in your life?
  5. “What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life?” (Mary Oliver)

 

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