The mystery and ministry of reconciliation

Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sunday, March 31, 2019

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The psalm sets the tone this day: “Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!” Happy are those who have “become the righteousness of God” in the merits of Christ Jesus. Happy are those for whom the forgiveness of God has “rolled away . . . the disgrace” of former times. Happy is the father at the return of his prodigal son. Happy are we that our sins are forgiven for Jesus’ sake. Rejoice!

Readings and Psalm
Joshua 5:9-12
Israel eats bread and grain, the produce of the land
Psalm 32
Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord. (Ps. 32:11)
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
The mystery and ministry of reconciliation
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
The parable of the prodigal father and the repentant son