Father Bob’s Homily 4th Sunday of Lent

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4th Sunday of Lent Year C

We have just heard the story of the Prodigal Son what is possibly considered the greatest story of forgiveness in the Bible.  And I hate to burst your balloon, but I actually believe that is not really a story of forgiveness at all.  My evidence?  No one says they are sorry and no one offers forgiveness.  Instead, I think it centers on a far more integral action:  compassion.  Yes, compassion will include the grace of the forgiveness but it promises so much more.  It means anticipating needs, reaching out, surrender and above all love.  The Compassionate father is perfect model of God’s free, incandescent love.  Our Lenten challenge then is to embrace the gift of compassion.

And one way to learn about compassion is to focus on the two sons who lacked it.  I admit that I am always too hard on the…

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