Saturday, March 2, 2013

Saturday of the Second Week
Today’s Gospel reading is one of the most well-known Scripture readings of all time, The Prodigal Son. This is a story that can be appreciated from a host of perspectives. Put yourself in the scene of this Scripture as the son who returns after demanding and then squandering his share of the family inheritance, looking for acceptance and forgiveness…or the son who watches his brother leave and remains loyal and committed to the family and land, but doesn’t understand how his brother can return and now be treated like royalty…or the father, who unconditionally welcomes back without question the one son who was away, while assuring the son who remained that they were both loved.  Can you relate to one of the three? Would you like to be more like one of them? Perhaps at times we have seen ourselves in the faces and likeness of each of them.

God is ever loving and forgiving, and as today’s psalm states, God crowns us with kindness and compassion.  How fortunate we are. Today, we are again reminded of how constant God’s love is despite our human selves.
God of mercy, grant us the grace to be open to Your presence in our lives and open our hearts and minds to Your goodness.  Help us to know the crown of kindness and compassion you embrace us with, always.

Patrick Gallivan, ‘89, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement
First Reading: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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