March 5th 2016

Published on Mar 5th, 2016 by Parish Office | 0
Rembrandt - The Return of the Prodigal Son circa 1668

Rembrandt – The Return of the Prodigal Son circa 1668

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

In this magnificent Gospel story, often called the Prodigal Son, we are invited to relate to the characters of the story. We are, each of us, like the younger son who rebels and we are like the older son who never has that change of heart. In both cases we are called to meet the father and his mercy.

The image of the father in this powerful story is one of the most clear expressions of the mercy of God, of the heart and the mind of God. The father, standing, looking for the return of his son, is an image of our merciful God. The father welcoming his son with open arms is a sign of God’s mercy. The father pleading with his elder son to come into the house is a sign of God’s mercy.

The corporal works of mercy including feeding, sheltering and caring for those who are lost is illustrated beautifully in the story as well. For the image of the father is not just an image of God, but of who we are called to be. Those who are lost and those who have lost everything are to be welcomed home through our outreach through our care, through our love.

The corporal works of mercy express in physical every day life the love and mercy of God and therefore the ministry of each and everyone who is called to follow Christ. May the merciful God be expressed by you in your life and in your relationships, especially with God’s poor.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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