The Prodigal Son

prodigalson(As you enter from the rear of the Church, first window on left.)

1. Notice the Father's embrace and the expression on the Father’s face.  What does it mean to you that God would respond like that to you, when you returned to him after squandering your inheritance?  Is there anything preventing that interaction from occurring to you?  When was the last time you returned to God the Father in the Sacrament of Confession? Does it say anything to you that a picture of such a story of returning back to God is located towards the back of the Church space so far from the altar?  Can you see God looking at you in such a loving way?

2. Notice the pleading of the Prodigal Son- his kneeling, his hands folded, his gaze.  What does it mean that we can approach God in this way - with our imperfect sinful self - pleading before God for forgiveness?  What is God asking you to do to return to God and ask forgiveness?  What is your attitude in knowing that you need to return to God and ask forgiveness?  How can you share the sentiments of the Prodigal Son more and more in your relationship with God?

3. Notice the blue bag hanging on the belt of the Prodigal Son.  Remember the bag was filled with the money from the inheritance the Son asked his Father for.  He wanted his portion of his inheritance that was due him when his father would die, even though the father was very much alive.  Now, after squandering the money the father gave him, the bag is empty.  What material things have let you down?  How can you turn to depending on God the Father more in your life?  What things do you have to be emptied from so as to be filled more with God?  How has your fasting gone, thus far in Lent?  What can you give up that would be good for you and your relationship with self, God, and others?  What selfish plans do you need to change?

4. Notice the third figure, the servant, dressed in purple, happily bringing the robe, ring and shoes to welcome the lost son, these things all indicate an acceptance back into the family.  Are you aware of God's servants (priests) available to you in your life to welcome you and reunite you back into God's family? What does it mean to you that they are available for you in the sacrament of Reconciliation? During Lent how can you look at your participation in all the sacraments as an ongoing way of you being re-welcomed into God's family?  What does it mean to you that God wants to so lavishly welcome the sinner back to His family, the Church?

MASS SCHEDULE

Week Day Masses:    
Monday-Friday 7:30 am - Church
Saturday: 8:30 am
Saturday Evening: 4:30 pm (fulfills Sunday obligation) - Church
Sunday:
8am, 9:30am, & 11am - Church
10:00 am Beach Chapel
Holy Days: 
Evening before: 7:00 pm & day of: 7:30 am & 7:00 pm - Church

Confessions
Saturdays, 3:30-4:15 pm in the main church

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