An unrealized hunger unexpectedly fulfilled

Readings for March 31, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Lent

Year C Readings
Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 34
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

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The younger son was always seeking to fulfill to his hunger. He hungered for a life away from home. He hungered for the riches of his inheritance. He hungered for the extravagance of a life spending those riches. These were his perceived hungers, ones that would bring him temporary pleasures and worldly happiness. They also led him to sin, sins of the flesh and sins against his father.

When a famine struck, the son got to know real, physical hunger. He was terribly hungry and the subsistence work he performed did not satisfy, leading him to fantasize about returning home to his father so as to lift him from his physical hunger. He had his speech ready. He would confess his sins and hope he could become a laborer in his father’s house, feeding what he thought he needed. What he received, however, was something even more satisfying than the feast with the fatted calf. He received unexpected, total forgiveness and a satiating abundance of love from his father.

So it is with God.

As St. Paul points out, when God reconciles the world to Himself through Christ, not counting our sins against us, we receive the same satiating abundance of love that the prodigal son receives. I am, of course, as undeserving as was the son. But when I am reconciled to God through Christ, the undeserved satiation of an unknown hunger is the start of something even more incredible.

We are made a new creation, becoming ambassadors for Christ’s love in the world. As we reconcile ourselves to God, we are offered the full riches of our inheritance through Christ. We are called not only to eat of the fruits given, but to bear fruit for Christ in God’s vineyard. The promises of Christ include unending love, everlasting life, and joy in all circumstances. We no longer look to worldly things and earthly fulfillment. Instead, we bless and glorify the Lord in all times.

I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise ever on my lips. Glorify the Lord with me, let us together extol God’s name. Look to Him and be radiant with joy. Amen
-Psalm 34

10 thoughts on “An unrealized hunger unexpectedly fulfilled

  1. Thanks Tim,

    I have seen in my own life and int life’s of others that as soon as we sincerely turn towards God; that it is evident that He is the Good-Father, who runs, not walks toward us.

    We, none of us can outdo God’s Mercy and Love for us; of only we will turn to Him and seek Him on His Terms. Amen

    Continued Blessings Tim, to you and your’s
    Patrick

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    1. I am not familiar with Timothy Keller’s book but I wholly agree. This parable is deeply rich in symbolism and significance, beyond the father and the prodigal son … from the very definition of the word prodigal (extravagant, lavish) to the symbolism of desiring the scraps left for the swine, to the older son and even to the prodigals son’s wish to return as a hired hand (vs returning as a slave). There is much to reflect upon, much to pray over, much to learn.

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      1. One of my favorite images he paints is the father pulling up his robes and running to meet his returning son — an undignified act for a man of his stature in those days. Such a powerful image of our God running to us with open arms as we humbly return to him, repenting of our sin.

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  2. Amen! I love the prodigal son story. My pastor has said more than once that this is THE YEAR of the prodigals returning to the LORD. I am praying for that too because I have those in my own family. GOD loves them prodigals too so so much. I can testify to that from being formally one myself 😃

    Great word!!!🙌🏼💯

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