18 Mar 2017: Saved by Love!


Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Reading 1: Mi. 7: 14-15, 18-20; Ps. 103: 1-12; Gospel: Lk. 15: 1-3,115-32

The story of the prodigal son is very familiar to all of us and I am sure, we will have heard many a reflections on this parable, which in some sense can even be said as the summary of the Gospel itself. In the jubilee year of Mercy the prodigal son, or rather the merciful father was again an important figure that was discussed. So, I thought I’d share with you a reflection in the form of a poem, which runs very parallel to this parable, but is very much inspired by my little experience of life, or rather the experience of being saved or welcomed back by the Lord, after having run away from him. I titled it “Saved by Love”.

Journeying through the rough seas
Giving heed to none’s warnings
I left my sails to the winds of pride
And then the storm broke out
Taking away all I had
Sparing nothing but my life.

Marooned in an island
None to talk to and be heard
Life like that had but little meaning
Sitting by the seashore
Fixing my gaze to the ends
Oh, I prayed day and night to be found.

Days and nights several passed
Waves many I counted
But what I wanted I never found
Love I knew I wanted
Every little drop counted
My whole life I would give in return.

Everything I had lost
But, now I know they were nothing
Late though, this now I have realized
And then I heard a voice
Calling out from deep within
The call of love so long I had ignored

It was there all the while
Knocking at my heart’s door
While I was searching for it elsewhere
Love, I have come to know
Patiently waits to be found
But storms every heart to search for it.

This is the story of my life
A life once lost, but, found in love .

We must have run from him, seeking after the pleasures of the world. We may be wanting to return, but must have lost our way. Do not fret, the Lord is always watching over us. Just listen to him calling and look deeper inside. You will find him.
This parable not only invites us to return to him, but also to receive those who run from us and wants to return… broken friendships, which requires of us to break down the walls of ego to receive them back into our lives… “do to others what you would like done unto you”. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Let this season of Lent be a season of returning and reunion.
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