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The Lord is kind and merciful. — Psalm 103:8
Mass readings: Micah 7:14-15,18-20 / Luke 15:1-3,11-32
Most families experience some division or dissension. Most know the heartache of imperfect relationships. I’m acquainted with one woman whose sons are estranged, the elder disgusted with the younger who made unwise choices while sowing his oats. It’s the prodigal son story all over again, the reading in today’s Mass. In his book on that subject, Father Henri Nouwen wrote about the tension between the two sons and noted that in Jesus alone we find the model for true sonship. “He is the younger son without being rebellious. He is the elder son without being resentful.”
The Bible doesn’t reveal if the brothers reconciled, nor do I know if my friend’s sons will, but as Father Nouwen observed, we can be certain of one thing: the Father’s “heart of limitless mercy” where, Jesus teaches, all healing resides.
Prayer: Merciful Father, restore families splintered by foolishness and hostility. Make us one again in You.
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