By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 32 because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life
I recently read a book where the author was describing the confusing transformation of his father in his last months of life—he became more loving, more affectionate, more sentimental, and overtly religious. A friend and Catholic sister reflected upon this transformation, saying, ‘Dying is about becoming more human.’ I think this is true in general, not just on our deathbeds. In our baptism, we claim that we die to sin. In this story, we see a son who completely turns from his unloving ways, having previously abandoned his family. Any time we allow our ego or other unhealthy habits to die we become more fully who we always have been. That process of learning and letting go and loving is the process of being human. Our humanity by definition, reflects love—the more patient, kind, compassionate, merciful, and forgiving we are, the more fully human we are. Dying isn’t always painful, sometimes it’s surrendering to that which is most natural.
Prayer Resurrecting God, give me a second chance—help me to see ways of living more fully as your follower. I know there is a better way, I am ready to follow.