Total Consecration 2014: Day 10



Reading – Luke 15: 11-32

from Pope St. John Paul II – Dives in Misericordia, par. 6
Reflection:
Reading the parable of the Prodigal Son again reminded me of God’s forgiveness and mercy.  He’s always willing to love us, and He is overjoyed at our return back to Him. But, I think that in order for me to receive His forgiveness and mercy requires action on my part. As I’ve known before, the lost son squandered his father’s money and spent it on life’s pleasures. In the midst of that, he came to a moment of realization when feeding the swine while he himself is hungry that his father’s servants were better taken care of than he himself in his present, poor situation. Realizing this, he resolves

I will arise and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven an before you; I am no longer worth to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”

He takes action with an openness  to receive his father’s forgiveness through acknowledging that he’s done wrong.

And how was the prodigal one rewarded? Like overabundantly! His father said to the other son, who complained that his bro should receive such merriment and fanfare upon returning

It was fitting and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.

I know when I’ve gone astray, it usually feels good and fleeting if only for a moment. But then the burden of sin weighs down, and I feel lost. It’s only when I recognize, in humility, that I’ve done wrong and make a conscious effort to return back to God do I feel His love and mercy. I cherish it more when I truly repent.

A son never ceases to be his father’s son. No matter how much he screws up, he’s still his father’s son. And what great love the father in this parable must have for his son upon his return. What joy! Now that I’m thinking about it more, I wonder how overjoyed God must be whenever I turn back to Him.

Response:
I definitely have my areas of weakness, misery, and doubt. I’ll ask for Mary’s intercession in these areas to better receive God’s love and mercy and to truly see Him as a loving father.

Totus tuus,
– JD  

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The Prodigal Son by Rembrandt // Wikipedia