Lent is half over and this is a Sunday where we rejoice as Easter is coming!
The opening prayer to the Father of peace says that we are "joyful in your Word, your Son Jesus Christ, who reconciles us to you. Let us hasten toward Easter with the eagerness of faith and love."
We have been reconciled with God through Christ. This is the reason to rejoince! The second reading tells us: "So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled in God.
The parable of the Prodigal Son is the Gospel and shows us how to get up and go to the Father to be reconciled. Reconciliation brings joy. The Father waits for us with outstreached arms ready to embrace us and celebrate our return.
How do I celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in my own life? LENT is a good time to renew ourselves by preparing seriously for the Sacrament of Reconcilitation.