Good News C17
Fourth Sunday in Lent
This is the fourth Sunday in Lent. This is a time dedicate ourselves again to get closer to God. We have more time before Easter to choose to walk a little closer to God. This Sunday’s Gospel is about the Prodigal Son. Imagine someone you love going away and you didn’t see them for three years. What would you do when you saw them? Would you run to the door and give them a great big hug?
Perhaps there is someone in your life that you had a big argument with, maybe a brother or sister. It is a great feeling when someone who has hurt you, comes to you and says, “I am so sorry that I hurt you. Will you forgive me?”
It makes you feel good all over. It may make you feel so good, you dance and sing all the rest of the day.
When you tell someone you are sorry and ask them to forgive you and they say, “Sure. I will forgive you.” It seems like a huge cloud has been lifted from you. It seems like a big heavy box of guilt and bad feelings has just been magically turned into joy and great feelings. If you have done something really bad, it makes you so happy that you might break into tears of happiness. You know that the tears of sadness become tears of joy from being so loved that they would forgive you of the terrible thing you did. When this happens, you understand the joy that the son felt to be forgiven by his father and to welcomed with open arms. One time I accidentally damaged furniture that did not belong to me. I was afraid that they would not love me any more because I had done such a terrible thing. But these people forgave me. I was so relieved. I know that must have been how the prodigal son felt when his father forgave him. I shed tears of joy from being so loved that they would forgive me. This is the love God has for each of us.
When you go to God and tell him that you are sorry and ask him if he will forgive you, he feels good all over too. On these days I am sure he will he put his arm around you, and says, “It’s okay. I forgive you.”
Say the “Our Father.” Thank God for helping you forgive others and to forgive yourself. Each time you forgive and ask to be forgiven you get a little closer to him.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards