When Mercy Confronts Us

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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4th Sunday of Lent C

Mercy is more than a celebration. It is a challenge.  It asks us if we can fully give our yes to God’s offer of forgiveness, peace and wholeness.  Because God is everywhere, mercy confronts us everywhere and we sometimes fail to grasp exactly the gift God has given; sometimes mercy makes us choose even the painful in order to love.

The great parable of the Prodigal Son gives us three characters confronted by mercy and their response to it is not always clear cut.  Since we have all walked in the shoes of the father and the younger and older brother, we can gage how we confront mercy in our lives.

For the younger son, mercy is a gamble. He has rudely asked for his share of his inheritance and defiantly left home, intending it to be forever.  Now he has run out to…

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