Grace to you!
During today’s reflection, I use the popular story of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32) to reflect on mercy.
To read the entire 21 verses would take us about 3 minutes and wouldn't work here. I recommend you read it when you have time and discover how God, represented in the image of the wealthy father, showed incredible mercy and reconciliation to a prodigal son. It is a beautiful story.
As a way to enrich our thought today and during this Lenten season, a season of grace, mercy, and reconciliation, observe that the mercy of God was relentlessly waiting, available for the prodigal son for the journey home. "I am sorry. I have made some wrong choices" is the right step in the journey.
Often people forget this aspect of mercy. Mercy is when a person humbles himself and opens his or her hands so God can lift them. God is already waiting to raise us. He is already pouring the anointing of his grace, which is stirring our hearts for change and conversion. Mercy is when individual honesty and truth about our weaknesses are welcomed by God's reassurance, "I am here to lift you, to forgive and heal you." Mercy happens when the recognition of our weaknesses meets the unimaginable abundance of Divine Love and Peace. It is the meeting between the sinner and the Holy—a meeting which takes place as the sinner brings his or her sins and says to the Holy, "I am not worthy." Good news, I suppose, to all of us who are sinners
Let me make one more very crucial point before the wrap. Mercy is authentic and powerful at the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Tribunal of Mercy, as God called it in addressing St. Faustina. You may not have been Catholic. Or you may not have believed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession. I tell you Divine Mercy is powerfully real there. Believe this Biblical and Godly truth (see Jn 20:19-23). God sends his anointed ones to announce the healing and forgiveness grace upon those who ask for it.
If God has provided a real place of His Mercy on earth, wouldn’t you make use of it? I would. Lent is more fitted for it. Go for it!
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday, Lent Week 2: Mi. 7:14-15,18-20; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32]
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.