Written on: March 27, 2019
If so, then you know the joy of returning to your favorites and escaping the limitations on something as basic and wonderful as food! In our first reading from Joshua, permission to enjoy the food of Canaan was a sign to the Israelites that their testing was over. In joyful response, I‘m sure most of them shouted out a facsimile of today’s psalm, “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord!” Some might see this responsorial as an invitation to adventure, “taste and see” saying, ‘go ahead, try it!’ Something new is often a bit scary. The psalm assures us that in this case, if we taste, we will be delivered from all our fears.
Paul tells the Corinthians that old things are passing away and that new things have come. The old way of sacrifice for sin is over. Tradition is being broken, but Paul speaks with the authority of an ambassador to tell us good news:
Christ is not counting our sins against us but is now reconciling the world through Christ. Here is an even more significant evidence of “the goodness of the Lord.”
Our Gospel reading is the beautiful parable of the Prodigal.
Jesus describes how God’s version of reconciliation and righteousness look in real life. We see misadventure as the younger brother’s fortune turns sour. His life and diet have become ‘restricted.’ Repentant, he heads back home. His joyful reception is over the top but precipitates a crisis for his brother, the faithful son who stayed home helping his father while his younger brother broke with tradition and wandered off. But, this crisis helps the father realize his faithful son has been lacking the encouragement and recognition the father alone could give. He now lavishes it upon him in saying, “You are with me always and all I have is yours.”
In God’s providence, there is always abundance:
A feast we co-share in Eucharist. There, we too can “Taste, and see the goodness of the Lord!”
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Lenten Resource: LIVING A LAUDATO SI‘ LENT