March 19th, 2013 – Fourth Sunday in Lent -Year C

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sit in this chair
—be reconciled.

Today we hear the familiar Gospel of the prodigal son. The eldest son resents the celebration with which his younger brother is received and refuses to accept him and forgive. Because God reconciled us to himself through the suffering of Christ, like the prodigal son we also can be released from the sins of our past. God does not hold on to our trespasses. As St. Paul explains to the Corinthians, in Christ, everything has become new! As disciples, we are expected to ‘pay it forward’, to be ambassadors for Christ and live as ministers of reconciliation by bringing reconciliation to one another. If you are burdened by your trespasses or have failed to extend the gift of reconciliation you have received, come, sit in this chair—be reconciled.

Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Lent from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Come, sit in this chair—be reconciled.

Note:At St. Cecilia’s we have adjusted the confession times from 6:30 to 7:30pm to facilitate the Wednesday choir practices for Easter.