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Fourth Sunday of Lent
1st Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12
Resp.: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
St Paul says that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. This is certainly true of the prodigal son. As his father said, his son was dead but now he has been restored. While God does not want us to stray away from Him, in letting us stray, God wants us to come to the conclusion that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life by us becoming frustrated and disgusted with our sinful ways. This is why we must pray not only for ourselves and our loved ones but for every one else in the world, and especially those who have strayed.
Today is Latarae Sunday. Be joyful in the Lord because our penance is coming to an end for this Lenten season and more importantly, the reason for our penances is to be freed from sin in an even greater way than the Previous Lenten season.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD