This Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2013, we hear the Parable of the Prodigal Son, one touching story about two sons and their Father. Our Discussion Questions will guide your Sunday Bible Study with family, friends and church groups.
Dining with Sinners
The theme of the abundant forgiveness of God continues in this Sunday’s Gospel. It is introduced in the context of the murmuring about the Lord Jesus. What his critics charge against Jesus unwittingly sums up the glory of salvation: God, in the person of Jesus, welcomes sinners and eats with them.
The Parable Father
The parable father, in Christ's mind, is clearly a type for God Himself. What is emphasized in the parable is the father's awesome love for his son even though he really deserves nothing more than hot tongue and cold shoulder. The father knows well the know-it-all boy is primarily coming home because he is hungry and needs a place to live. That he has wasted his money is of no importance to the father.
The Master then is telling us that God will forgive even the worst rogue among us unconditionally. All we have to do is start walking back to God. Like the prodigal son, our motives may not be the purest. Nor do we have to even finish the journey. God is quite willing to meet us before our trip is finished. He will bring us to honors which we humanly speaking do not deserve.
Sunday Homilies & More
Click here to view all the homilies we have compiled for this Fourth Sunday in Lent (Cycle C). We have also compiled a full resource on the important events around our Catholic world in this week's issue of ParishWorld.net. You can find them by clicking here.
Another eventful week in our Catholic World. Have a great and blessed new week.
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