Fourth Week of Great Lent: The Prodigal

Repentance in the Father’s bosom (Luke 15:11-32)‎

Repentance in Christianity is different from any other ‎repentance; it is the return of the son to his Father and the Father ‎running to fall on the neck of His son to embrace him and kiss him.

Prodigal Son 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him" (Luke ‎‎15:20).

This is the gospel of the third Sunday.‎

The Father’s paternity to us is not because of our ‎righteousness, but because of His fatherhood to his children, ‎especially the sinners.‎ 

The Father’s paternity for us challenges all our sins, our ‎failures, our betrayal of His love and our mistreatment of His ‎name.‎

Practice: Let’s not permit this week to go by without true repentance and resorting to the Father’s embrace....Examine ‎this in your chamber and taste the Father’s embrace and His kisses ‎which are reserved only for those who repent. This is the week of ‎repentance in the Father’s bosom, the repentance of the whole ‎Church...the communal repentance.

From Fr. Bishoy Kamel - "Journey to the Bosom of the Father"

Repentance in the Father’s bosom (Luke 15:11-32)‎

nRepentance in Christianity is different from any other ‎repentance; it is the return of the son to his Father and the Father ‎running to fall on the neck of His son to embrace him and kiss him (Luke ‎‎15:20). This is the gospel of the third Sunday.‎
nThe Father’s paternity to us is not because of our ‎righteousness, but because of His paternity to his children, ‎especially the sinners.‎
nThe Father’s paternity for us challenges all our sins, our ‎failures, our betrayal of His love and our mistreatment of His ‎name.‎

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