HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: The parable of the Prodigal Son. Our own personal story before God.
BY: Fr. Diotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading of today, the prophet Micah uttered the prayer on behalf of the people of God, those who sought to be reconciled with God, asking Him to be merciful upon them and to give them His forgiveness and kindness. They had sinned a lot against Him and they had wandered off far away from His path, but that should not have prevented them from coming back to God if they so decided for it.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
we heard the story of a rich father, who had two sons. That younger son chose to take the portion of his inheritance and leave his family behind, to enjoy a wicked lifestyle in distant, foreign lands, and eventually as we all know, that prodigal son ran out of money and possessions, and ended up as a penniless man in a foreign country, with no one to care for him, and with all of his former friends and associates caring only about the wealth and possessions that he had, and not truly loving him, unlike his father back at home, whom the prodigal son had chosen to leave behind. He eturned to his father with shame and humility, humbling himself and asks forgiveness which was granted in a special way.
*THE LESSON FROM THE GOSPEL*
First of all, just as the prodigal son had a choice of staying on in the distant lands instead of humbling himself and swallowing his pride to return to his home, thus, we also have the option to remain stubborn in our path and way of sin, instead of humbling ourselves to seek God’s forgiveness and compassionate mercy. Yes, brothers and sisters in Christ, that is why pride is such a dangerous thing for us, as pride often becomes a great obstacle in our path of seeking God’s forgiveness and grace.
Let us all humble ourselves before Him, realising just how sinful we have been, and how we are in need of God’s forgiveness and mercy, and resist the temptations of sin, that separate us from God and His love. May God help us all in our journey especially during this Lent, that we may come ever closer to Him through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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