FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, Second Scrutiny of the Elect
First Reading: Joshua 5: 9a, 10-12
The manna ceased on the day, they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Ca’naan that year. (12)
We must not complain about losing out on the things taken away, but be grateful and utilize whatever is available to us. Time, talent, and resources are still available to us. If we look through the eyes of faith, there are blessings all around us.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. (4)
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them. (7)
Fear only The Lord! Amen!
Second Reading: Second Corinthians 5: 17-21
Christ the Antidote to Fear!
All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ. (13)
What have we to fear, then?
Gospel: Luke 15: 1-3,11-32
Repent and Rejoice!
But we had to celebrate and rejoice because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. (32)
When our Father in heaven himself rejoices at our return, must we not hasten to him? Once we are reconciled, may we be generous in accepting our brothers’ who reconcile in like manner. True repentance is key to our salvation.