Fourth Sunday of Lent - Reflection


Fourth Sunday of Lent- Reflection


What do you do with the sinner?

How do you deal with sinners - with law breakers - with people who hurt you?  What do you do with people who hurt or damage people you love?

Do I view forgiveness as a strength or a weakness?

Do I have confidence in my relationship with God?

Do I trust in the judgement of God?



Forgiveness-trusting the judgement of God

In our society there are remarkable examples of people who have forgiven those who have hurt them or their loved ones. But the language of forgiveness is not a common language today-examples of forgiveness are not common. Sometimes forgiveness is seen as a sign of weakness-letting the other off the hook. The language of condemnation is more common than the language of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a complicated issue, very emotive.


Yet no matter what a person has done, every single person in this world is our sister or brother, members of the one family because we all have the one parent. That one parent, God, loves each and every one of us equally. We are the beloved of God, made in God's image and likeness and so precious in God's eyes.


In the story of the Prodigal Son, both the younger and older son separated themselves from the father. The younger ran off, causing  his father untold grief and suffering. The older son who stayed behind could see the hurt and pain caused to his humble, sensitive and gentle father and he could not stomach the reception his father gave to his younger son and so turned away from his father also. The father again in humility and gentleness went to his older son and revealed to him that they were one and that they shared completely in each other's lives. The father believed the strength of that unity would open itself to welcoming the younger son home. He had total confidence in his relationship with his older son.


This Lent we are called to have that confidence in our relationship with God. Maybe it is only in the security of our unity with God that we are able to see that forgiveness is not about weakness but it is about trusting the judgement of God and being aware of the power of the unity we can have with God. The gift of forgiveness enables us as sisters and brothers in Christ, to deepen the bonds of our family and to take responsibility for who we are and what we do.



Pray Psalm 33

Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.

I will bless the Lord at all times,

his praise always on my lips;

in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.

The humble shall hear and be glad.

Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.


Glorify the Lord with me.

Together let us praise his name.

I sought the Lord and he answered me;

from all mu terrors he set me free.

Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.


Look towards him and be radiant;

let your faces not be abashed

This poor man called; the Lord heard him

and rescued him from all his distress.

Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.