Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent, 2022
There is a line in our Gospel today that I would like to preach on, and it is this: “He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.”
The main problem with the older son is his blindness to all the blessings that have come to him precisely because of his Father. The oldest son has food at every meal thanks to his father, he has wealth built up by his father, he has servants because of his father, and on and on…and yet he sees none of these blessings but only what he lacks.
And we also tend to be blind to the gifts given us by our Heavenly Father. Our food, our shelter, our heat and air conditioning, medicine, water, electricity, our clothing, our schooling…we have so many blessings from our Heavenly Father…and yet do we thank Him… or do we complain about what our Heavenly Father is NOT doing for us?
Paragraph 1360 of the Catechism instructs us that every Mass is “a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits”. Indeed the very word “Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving”…so all of us who are here are participating in the best way possible to thank our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us.
Let us ask God that we might have our eyes opened to all the blessings He is freely pouring out on us, including our sufferings. Let us not be blind to all the good things our Heavenly Father is doing in our life, but instead let us recommit to thanking God unceasingly!
Lord Jesus Christ, help us to be freed from the blindness of the older son in your parable of the prodigal son. May we see all of the blessings you are pouring out on us, and be grateful for all of them. Amen.