The Older Brother

In SUNDAY’S GOSPEL Jesus told the famous story of the Prodigal Son. This is a great story for those of us who have taken ourselves away from God – it reminds us that God is a loving Father who will always welcome His wandering children home. Yet there is also a message for those of us who have remained close to God, in the example of the older son. The older son, refuses to join in the celebration for his returned brother.

Once somebody has wronged us or those we love, it can be difficult to accept them even if they do apologise and change their ways. We can hold on to the hurt and hatred that we have for them because we believe that letting it go is like letting them off. This un-forgiveness never affects the other person as much as it continues to hurt us the longer we hold onto it.

In this YEAR OF MERCY try to let go of any hatred that you might be carrying as we pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.  Amen.

Pray: When saying the Our Father focus on the words about forgiveness/trespasses.


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