Fourth Sunday in Lent

First Reading: Joshua 5:2-12

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 32

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:11-32

Homily by Fr. Jun Peñalosa

The story in today’s gospel is very familiar to many of us. ”The Prodigal Son” is probably one of the many famous inspirational stories in the BIble used to reflect on, especially during this season of lent. The “son” pertains to all of us – who like him, easily wanders away from God.

Today’s readings can be summarized in the following:

  • The importance of our relationship with God. Understand that circumcision was assigned as a covenant, because our relationship with God is not casual, it’s not something to be taken lightly; it is always serious. The shedding of blood during circumcision reminds us of our responsibility.
  • The significance of repentance. How sometimes in our relationship, we fail to follow and oftentimes break off. But God assured us, He has already done  everything for us to reconcile. See, we are the ones who sinned against God, yet He is the one Who initiated reconciliation. What a demonstration of love!
  • The goodness of God is what makes us blessed. The reason why we are blessed as a people is because of God Himself Who loves us. Our relationship with Him will make us stay in that blessing. Detaching our lives from our Father will just make our lives cursed. We may abandon God and turn away from Him, but it will never change Him as God.

Stay connected with God always, no matter how hard or low our life is, He will let us taste and experience the goodness of God. Let us not wait for the time to hit  rock bottom in order to realize that we need God. Repentance has something to do with the goodness of God. Once we realized we have sinned against God, and have moved away from our relationship with Him, just remember, He loves us, He is not angry at us, He has forgiven us, He will never leave nor forsake us. Repentance is our response to the goodness of God!

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