First Reading: Joshua 5:9a; 10-12
They celebrated the Passover.
When I have appealed to God to save me from whatever difficulty or challenges I had, and God did, did I thank God?
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
God has reconciled us to himself through Christ.
Do I trust God’s forgiveness? Do I believe in God’s mercy? Do I get stuck looking at my sins while forgetting that God has reconciled me? Do I try to live as an ambassador for Christ?
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and he has been found.
When have I been the younger son? When have I been the older son? Am I ready to come back?
As we move through Lent, is our focus on celebrating God’s mercy or just feeling sorrow for our sins?
After receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, celebrate with a special dinner or listening to music of praise and thanksgiving. Share in some way the joy of being forgiven with others.
O God, who has called me from the slavery of sin to the freedom of the children of God, help me by your Spirit to be an ambassador of your forgiveness to those I meet. Amen.