Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this 4th Sunday of Lent, we are privileged to read the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke’s Gospel. Many people throughout the centuries have commented that this parable is really about the Merciful Father and how profligate God seems to be with us when it comes to forgiveness and mercy. Not only does God forgive us when we repent and return to Him, but He also restores us to the right relationship that we have received from Him in our Baptism - beloved children of God whom He wants to bestow His inheritance and life. When God forgives, He desires to repair the damage of sin and reconcile us. There is no second-class status after this happens. We are not slaves, but sons and daughters. There is much to contemplate in this parable. Read it over slowly this week and see what God is trying to tell you.
This Friday, our diocese received its new bishop as Bishop Robert Brennan took possession of the Diocese of Columbus at his Mass of Installation. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him as he shepherds the diocese in these coming years. We also thank Bishop Campbell for his many years of service and pray for his healthy and happy retirement.
Have a blessed week!
Administrator Pro Tem