Before you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments to turn your focus inward. Take a few deep breaths, relax, and recognize that you are in the loving presence of God, who is with you as you continue this journey of faith and growth.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.
God gives his best to celebrate our return when we repent for going astray. Thankfully God gives us what we need, not what we deserve. When we turn away from God's love, God is there for us with open arms, mercy, and joy as we turn away from sin. It's a mindset that human beings have a hard time understanding. This passage from the story of the Prodigal Son reminds us that there is nothing that God is not ready to forgive, and that we are called to the same radical forgiveness.
Is there anything that prevents me from believing in God's radical forgiveness?
Is there anything that prevents me from imitating God's radical forgiveness?
(Speak to God, using these words or those of your own.)
Thank you, loving God, for forgiving my sins. Strengthen and heal me to share your love with others.