March 6, 2021

Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.

While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

RAN: The Prodigal Son is a very familiar parable. The key word in the parable, the word that sums up God’s mercy and compassion, is the simple three-letter word – RAN.

Reflect for a moment on how poorly the prodigal son had treated his father. Even so, after the son had disrespected his father and selfishly squandered his inheritance, the father welcomed his son home with open arms and offered unconditional forgiveness.

The story does not say the father sent a carriage out to pick up his son, or that he walked halfway out to meet his son. No – as soon as the father saw his son, he immediately stopped what he was doing and RAN to him, embraced him and kissed him.

During Lent, it is important to remember that God offers us that type of love and mercy. No matter what we’ve done, we will be welcomed home. As soon as God sees us step toward him, he will run to greet us and wrap his loving arms around us.

There is nothing we could ever do to make God love us less – nothing.

Know it. Believe it. Embrace it.

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