Meditation for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

First Reading: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 103
Gospel: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
They say there is no going back – that you can never go home again.  This is especially said of people who feel they have made unforgivable mistakes.  The good news is that, with God, we can always go home again – forgiveness is just a confessional call away.
Now for the bad news – it’s not always so with man.  We can be especially unforgiving about wrongs done to us, and even more so about wrongs done to those we love.  However, for some reason, we expect our own offenses to be not only forgiven, but excused – as if there is nothing to forgive in the first place.  God has to tell us to forgive our enemies or we should not expect forgiveness, not because there are rules to God’s love, but because there are man-made rules to our level of forgiveness.  We put conditions on our forgiveness of others, yet expect unconditional forgiveness of our own faults. 
As Chesterton said, "The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." (Illustrated London News, 7/16/1910 )  We need to keep in mind that those that are closest to us are the ones that can hurt us most, just as we can hurt most those closest to us.
Are we standing in the way of anyone coming home?  Did they burn the bridge with us, or are they trying to come back, but we burned the bridge so they cannot?  Let us be pontiffs (from the Latin pontis, meaning "bridge") for each other, and let us also pray for our Supreme Pontiff, the Pope, that his wishes and prayers (and those of John Paul the Great) for Christian Unity will come true.
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