Dear Corpus Christi,
For years at Corpus Christi, the Liturgy Committee has developed a theme for the season of Lent, based on the Sunday
readings for that particular year. In this year in which we hear the Gospel of Luke (Year C), we have taken our theme from the story of the Prodigal Son, which we will hear on the 4th Sunday of Lent. In this passage, the father assures a skeptical son that everything he has also belongs to him (the son).
“My child, you are with me always. Everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)
This Lent, we are invited to reflect that this word of God is spoken to us. Admittedly, it seems ludicrous to believe that
everything God has belongs to us. How does all creation belong to us individually? But, if our faith is true, we are truly
God’s children, loved into existence by that God. We are heirs. On a human level, heirs have access to what a parent has; when that parent dies, everything that she or he had now fully belongs to the heir. Because God is eternal and never dies, God shares everything with us at every moment because God is with us always.
How might we live if we truly believed this message? What would be different for us? How might we become freer, confident in the knowledge that God is always with us and that all we perceive is ours – right now, with no waiting for a death in the future?
Using each Sunday’s Lenten readings, our theme will be further developed each week, as we explore another facet of
God’s presence and how what God has – materially and nonmaterially – belongs to us all.
We invite you to enter into Lent 2022: “My child, you are with me always, everything I have is yours.”
Pat Fosarelli for the Liturgy Committee