March 31, 2019
V Sunday of Lent
The Lenten journey invites us to pass from the idea of being a slave to that of a child: in Jesus, God wishes to share with us what he is.
Gs 5,9a.10-12; Ps 33 (34); 2Cor 5,17-21; Lc 15.1-3.11-32
«If one is in Christ, he is a new creature», and it is thanks to God, who reconciles us to himself in Christ. It is the passage from the old to the new of which Jesus’ parable tells us: from the servile condition to a filial condition. Both children of the parable are tempted to consider themselves servants rather than children. The younger, after leaving home, would like to be welcomed back, like a servant. The major remained in the house, but with the awareness of a servant: «Behold, I have served you for many years…». The father goes out to meet both of them not only to reconcile them to himself, but to convert them from the servile logic to the filial one, based not on what is done, for better or for worse, but on the fact that “all that is mine is yours”. The two sons ignore what instead constitutes the profound identity of Jesus, the only-begotten Son: «All has been given to me by my Father» (Lk 10:22). To be reconciled with God is not only his forgiveness, but this gift of his that comes to share with us all that he is, all that he has, and which reveals us in Jesus. It is being able to eat of the fruits of the earth, which we have not cultivated, and that he gives us, tearing us away from the servitude of Egypt to introduce us into the free land of the children of God.
Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza
Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey