03-31-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 31, 2019
(4th Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday)
After entering their “Promised Land,” the Israelites:  On the day after the Passover, they ate of the produce of the land in the form of unleavened cakes and parched grain.  On that same day after the Passover, on which they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased.   Jos_5:9a,10-12

Brothers and sisters: Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2_Cor_5:17-21

After Jesus was chastised for fraternizing with sinners in a meal, Jesus told them a parable that had to do with His Father’s love and mercy for his two sinful sons.  The younger son (the Gentiles), longing for independence, departed from His father, while the older son (the Jewish leaders) was seethed with jealousy, anger and hatred for both the younger son and the father.

And interspersed within the whole story, Jesus weaved the thread of food.  The rebellious son, having squandered all his money, “longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed.” Lk_15:1-3,11-32  He was so desperate in his hunger that he would even return to his father in full repentance for his scandalous action.  (He would settle for the “manna,”  having left the banquet he never realized he had in the first place.)

The father, meanwhile, never stopped loving his son, despite the harm that son did to him.  So when the son returned, the father REJOICED and held no limits on the banquet he would give to celebrate this “new creation.”  (No more manna, now a Feast!)

And yet, the supposedly faithful older son now hit the limit of his endurance with this merciful and loving father.  His jealousy was revealed when he refused to participate in the banquet, saying, after “all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders.”  To which the father answered, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.  But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.

When Jesus came among us, we were freed from our slavery to sin.  And now, as we wander this temporary “tent,” as St. Paul calls our worldly life, in anxious expectation for the true banquet of eternal life with God, we gladly, and even joyously consume the manna (our Eucharist) until the day when we will feast in the Banquet of heaven.  And we don’t do it rebelliously.  And we don’t do it enviously (of those who still live in sin, yet may one day repent themselves and discover God’s boundless mercy.)  We keep our focus on God our Father, on Jesus our model, and with all the help the Holy Spirit has to offer us, we persevere.  And one day we will ALL rejoice for the great love and mercy of our God, (that we had all along!)

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