Third Sunday of Lent

Home > Living the Gospel > Third Sunday of Lent

“I will get up and go to my father and shall say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you”. The son is trying to make restitution.

Is it possible to add any happiness to God or take anything away from Him? God is love. God is full and complete within Himself and fully Himself in seeking the good of the other. He can not be or do otherwise.

There are some things that God can not do, and to participate or rejoice in the demise of another is one of them. The father of the prodigal son was not searching for restoration of some inward loss or gratification. His only concern was for the welfare and restoration of his son. Anything more would simply be less.

A day will come when we come before our God with all of our bumps, bruises, and misgivings. I do not think we are in for a light show akin to something from the Wizard of Oz but will simply drop to our knees before a lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.

After the Job’s great trials, what did He experience? God spoke to him in a thunderous manner. Did the forcefulness of the argument bring Job to his knees? “I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees thee therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6

If Job saw God, what did He see – a lamb slain – One who had carried and intimately known each of Job’s afflictions through and through? I wonder.

Don Alexy