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Lent Weekday
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20
Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Micah prayed that God the Shepherd would care for His flock. Micah re-
quested that the greatest wonders of the relationship between God and His
people at the time of the Exodus would be realized anew. Who is a God
like you: These words speak of the incomparability of God. There is noth-
ing in all of creation to compare to God.
In the Gospel of Luke, the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near
to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain about
Jesus˅ companions at His meals. ˈThis man welcomes sinners and eats
with them.ˉ The parable of chapter 15 explains why Jesus associated with
despised groups while the Pharisees and scribes did not. In the ancient
world, table fellowship indicated ac-
ceptance of the other guests. This is
why the Jewish religious leaders com-
plained about Jesus˅ companions at
His meals. So to them Jesus ad-
dressed this parable: A man had two
sons, and the younger son said to his
father, ˈFather, give me the share of
your estate that should come to me.˅
In the ancient world, this son most
likely would have been in his teens and
single. As the younger son would have
received half of what the elder son re-
ceived. The younger son squandered
his inheritance on a life if dissipation.