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One Bread, One Body - Reflection for March 18, 2017

THE PRODIGAL BROTHER

"The son grew angry at this and would not go in; but his father came out and began to plead with him." –Luke 15:28

We always hear about the prodigal son, but his older brother was at least as prodigal. The older brother looked good but was just as alienated from his father as the younger brother. The younger brother did not feel worthy to be called his father's son (Lk 15:18). However, the older brother spoke of life with his father as slavery (Lk 15:29). He did not know that everything his father had was available to him (Lk 15:31). The older son felt resentful his father had never given him "so much as a kid goat" (Lk 15:29).

Many Christians today are like the older son. We appear to never disobey one of God the Father's orders (Lk 15:29). We are church-goers, good citizens, and hard workers. Our vices are socially acceptable. We look good, but aren't in a good relationship with our heavenly Father. We're not cheerfully serving God but begrudgingly slaving for Him out of fear, habit, or social pressures. Our Father has come out and is pleading with us to accept a personal relationship with Him. Say "Yes" this Lent.

PRAYER: Father, may I let the world know I'm happy to be Your child.
PROMISE: He "does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency, and will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt." –Mi 7:18-19
PRAISE: St. Cyril, though exiled more than once, faithfully pastored his flock. His lessons to new converts, written in the fourth century, survive today and have led the Church to proclaim Cyril as a Doctor of the Church.


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March 18, 2017: 1st reading: Mic 7:14-15, 18-20
                            Responsorial psalm Ps 103: 1-2,3-4, 9-10, 11-12
                            Gospel: Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

The parable about the prodigal son always bring out an emotion out of me. I always feel angry and can relate to the older brother. I wanted to ask about this to a priest or nun but had no opportunity when I meet one or I forget to ask or I am ashamed. Reading this reflection, I can understand a little but will need to digest what Jesus is trying to convey regarding the older son. I can understand why the father is happy that his lost son is back but I also felt betrayed like the older son. I still need guidance in regards to this.

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