“…we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” In today’s reading from the Gospel according to St Luke, we are reminded that Mercy and Forgiveness are at the very heart of our relationship with the Father. The parabble of the Prodigal Son, has 3 main characters the youngest son who leaves his father’s home and “squandered his property in dissolute living” , the father and the eldest son. In the end the parable challenges us to embody in our own ways of relating to others the life-giving presence of the father’s compassion rather than the deadening presence of the elder son’s anger. As we read from the book of Micah: “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of your possession?” God is willing to forgive us, show us mercy and embrace us once more….if only we show humility and ask for forgiveness.


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