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March 22nd, 2014

Ryan Didde

For this day we reflect on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32. In this passage we read about Jesus being confronted about eating with sinners, and how Jesus responds by telling the parable of the prodigal son. Many of us have heard this story before, and have reflected on it in various ways as well. One thing that seemed to stick out to me was when the prodigal son was speaking about his father’s farm in relation to the farm that he had begun working at when he had wasted all of his inheritance. The prodigal son says “How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.”

This seemed interesting to me as well as very symbolic during this time of Lent. We are experiencing a time of hunger through our fasting and offerings to the Lord, and this is a time in which we are symbolically “in the desert.” After this time, we will encounter our Lord Jesus as we are reunited with him and his great offering for us. Most importantly, after we walk through this time of Lent and greet the Lord at the end, we shall then be fed forever by his most holy sacrament, the sacrament of the Eucharist.

As we go about our time this Lent, let us try to think about the times in which we may have left the Lord for one thing or another, or times in which we may have deep down put something on a higher level of importance than God. Our God is waiting for us to come back so he can throw a huge party for us. Let us work towards our Lenten resolutions so we may grow closer to him. Amen.

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