So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. –Luke 15:20.
The story of the Prodigal Son and his return to his father teaches us of the love of our Heavenly Father. In the original Greek and Hebrew translations of the Bible, the word “sin” more closely translates to “missing the mark” as relating to archery. Imagine a dart board with the bulls-eye center. You shoot the arrow as close as you can and make it on the board but miss the center… as Christians trying to live as close as we can to the life of Christ, we often miss the mark. Thanks be to God, we have the sacrament of reconciliation to put us back on track. This Wednesday, March 22nd beginning at 7pm in the Cathedral, we will have the opportunity to be absolved of all that weighs us down mentally, physically, emotionally and offer it all to our perfectly merciful God. There will be several priests available to hear your confessions so please take advantage. Run back into the arms of our Father and hear those lovely words of absolution: “God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”