Commentary for Sunday: 27th March

Luke 15, 1-3.11-32:

Sunday, 27th March 2022 (4th T C  C)

 

This Sunday’s Gospel cannot leave us indifferent. Jesus tells us the parable known as “The Prodigal Son”. He used it on an occasion when he was accused of eating with tax collectors and sinners, and to help us understand how God, our Father, loves and forgives us.

The father appears as an admirable, liberal, open person, who gives his son a margin of trust and lets him leave home. But, despite his son’s bad attitude, he does not lose hope of his return and meets him with open arms, and even organises a party for him.

This son is inexperienced and adventurous. He thinks life is as easy as it is in his father’s house. He wastes and squanders to the point of losing his own human dignity. Only in an extreme situation does he recognise his guilt and sets out to return. He cannot imagine his father’s reaction.

He has a brother, who considers himself just and dutiful, but who does not share his father’s joy. He is jealous and does not want to recognise his brother: “that son of yours…”. He immediately becomes his brother’s prosecutor and accuser.

Three attitudes that invite us to reflect. Although there are other possible ones: those who do not decide to return to the love of the Father because they distrust his attitude. There are those who, even though they feel they are sinners, are unable to accept the attitude of the one who returns and brand him as a hypocrite. And I am sure there are as many responses as there are people. But above any attitude, the love of God, who forgives and welcomes, and who continually calls us to feel his joy for “the one who was dead and has come back to life”.

May we be able to share in “the joy that is in heaven for just one sinner who is converted”.

 

Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

It is never too late to be the prodigal son

 

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