Day 4 – Come back to me




Song Meditation

Hosea is a song that we suggest as a meditative piece to reflect upon the theme of homecoming.
Song lyrics can be found here while more information about the song can be found here.

Perhaps we have noticed the common theme of REPENTANCE among the three parables that Jesus told in the Gospel of Luke chapter 15.

After telling the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus said,

"I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance."

(Luke 15:7)

And after telling the parable of the lost coin, Jesus also said:

"In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

(Luke 15:10)

Based on what Jesus said, we can be assured that God never despises us as sinners. He knows that we are weak. His love for us never changes even as we sin against Him. What matters to Him is whether we REPENT or not.

Repentance is a vitally important gateway to our Father’s House.

Without this awareness, we would continue to, unknowingly, stay or drift away from our true home and wander aimlessly in the wilderness.
We cannot help but notice that one of the central themes of Jesus' teaching in the Gospels is repentance. After Jesus' baptism and being tempted for 40-days in the wilderness, He began His public ministry by proclaiming,

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

(Mark 1:15)

Jesus invites all of us to repent, to have a conversion of our heart and mind. Jesus spent 40 days praying, fasting and being tempted by Satan, to prepare Himself for the mission entrusted to Him by the Father. As such, it is also important for us to prepare ourselves to properly carry out our own mission from God!

As we continue this Lenten journey, it is fitting for us to focus on our repentance. Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation allows us to get on the right track. It is important to get a head start in this process. A good beginning is half the battle won!

Jesus said,

"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick do; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance."

(Luke 5:32)

While we should be ashamed of our sins, we need not be ashamed of ourselves as we turn to God for forgiveness. He knows we are sinners and He knows our sins. He cannot wait to heal our wounds and bring us back to His embrace!


What is holding you back from turning to God to receive forgiveness and healing? If fears are holding you back, would you ask our merciful Heavenly Father for courage?

Do you believe that you are as precious as all the saints and holy people in God's eyes?


Merciful Father, I know that Jesus is appealing for my repentance. But oftentimes I lack the courage and I am afraid to face You, and even myself. Please fill me with Your love so that my fears will be taken away. I desire to come back to you, my dear God! Do not let me drift away from You again! I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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