This Saturday before the Third Sunday of Lent gives us the parable of the Prodigal Son, from St Luke’s Gospel. Here is part of it: ‘He would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.”’

‘I will arise …’ ‘and he arose …’ – resurrection is hidden in these phrases from the story. The movement back to his father is a movement of resurrection, of the beginning of a new life. Do we have moments of resurrection in our lives that remain hidden, to be discovered only in retrospect? You may like to ponder on this.

May God bless you this day.