Vol: 46, No.22 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 31 2019  
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breasts. (Isa 66:10-11)
On this fourth Sunday of Lent we reflect on the parable of the prodigal son. Jesus tells this parable on hearing a comment by the Scribes and the Pharisees that he associates himself with sinners. The story has three central figures: a father and two sons. The younger son wants independence from his father and demands property and the father gives it to him. Children rebelling against parents and leaving homes for a life by themselves do not have a happy ending. This is exactly the case with this young man who having spent all his money feels lonely and hungry. He decides to go back and his father receives him back. Now the elder son does not like any of this; it is now his turn to rebel against his father. The elder son cuts a sorry figure by not listening to his father and refusing to accept his brother. To which of these three figures do we identify ourselves? Is it the compassionate father, rebellious and yet repentant younger son, or the stubborn elder son? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/....
O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten towards the solemn celebrations to come. Through our
Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(The long wait of the people to occupy the Promised Land is over. After having occupied the land they celebrate the Passover and enjoy the produce of the land, and the manna ceases).
A reading from the Book of Joshua (5:9-12)
The Lord said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” While the people of Israel were encamped in Gilgal they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho. And on the morrow after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased on the morrow, when they ate of the produce of the land; and the people of Israel had manna no more, but ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (34)
Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. The humble shall hear and be glad. R/
Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free. R/
Look towards him and be radiant; let
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