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THE FATHER IS FOR GIVING

HOMILY FOR THE 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR C

THEME  : THE FATHER IS FOR GIVING

READINGS :
JOS.5:9a, 10-12
2Cor. 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Beloved in Christ, today is a special day for us as Ghanaians ; for it is the independence day of our dear motherland. Also  for us, as Christians we have another reason to celebrate;  for today is the fourth sunday of Lent : a day on which the church invites us  to rejoice because our lenten preparation has reached a mid point. This sunday is traditionally known as ‘Laetare Sunday ‘.
Beloved, as we celebrate and rejoice today as Ghanaians and as Catholic Christians, the Church invites us to draw very important lessons from the readings of today. The story of the prodigal son is one story that all of us are very familiar with.  However, to refresh your memory; it is a story about a man with two sons. But though this story began with the younger son as the bad one ,it ends up with the elder son also becoming an obstacle to the unity , peace and harmony that the loving Father wanted  for his family. This reminds us of what St . Paul says in Romans 3:23( all have sinned and have lost the glory of God). The emphasis is on the word ” all”,  hence whether it is visible like the younger son or hidden like the elder son ; we have all sinned before God. The good news this morning is that there is  no condition to receiving  the fathers love.
Beloved, though under the law (Deut.21 :15-17) the younger son had the right to ask for his inheritance,   exercising that right was tantamount to saying that he wished the father dead. Some of us Christians today are living like this boy , as if God is dead or He does not matter. However, this radical departure from God will always land us in disaster;  like the feeding of pigs for a Jewish boy .
My dear friend, it is in the light of this that St. Paul reminds  us of the benefits of reconciliation with God. For Humankind has not been the same since Jesus , He reminds us that we are not God’s slaves or hired help but His children and this invitation is open to all.
Therefore, in 2 Cor. 5:17 , we are told if anyone is in Christ , he is a new creation the old has passed away. But unfortunately most Christians today don’t see themselves as different from the rest of the world. They sadly think they are in competition with the rest of the world.
Beloved in Christ, we can never be in  competition with the rest of the world because we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20),thus we are under obligation to reflect Christ to the world.
Finally, my fellow Ghanaians , the celebration of our independence day should remind us that  we have a responsibility to our dear motherland. However , in trying to discharge this responsibility towards our country we are unfortunately allowing partisan politics to destroy this country.
Beloved in Christ, until we see beyond our political lenses and discover those with the ability to move this nation forward irrespective  of the party affliation and they also being ready to work for this country ,we can never develop as a nation.
Let  this independence day celebration remind us that it is competency and not party colours that can move our dear nation forward.
This has been a Fr. Dolphyne’s presentation for www.padredolphyne.WordPress.com as we celebrate the 4th sunday of Lent, year C.
Kindly share this homily with your friends and May God richly bless you.

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