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March 6, 2021
I think it was at Catholic grammar school where I learned about finding the Imprimatur on the first pages of a Catholic book. This Imprimatur was a “stamp of approval” by a bishop letting Catholics know there was some church “oversight” of this book. In looking at today’s Gospel from Luke on the Prodigal Son (a better title might be the “Prodigal Father”), we see unconditional love is shown by the father for his wayward son - the one who left and returned - and the unconditional love for the older son, the one who stayed home. The love shown by the father in this story is the unconditional love God has for us.
I’m reminded of a quote from theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman, who said we all have the “imprimatur of God”. None of us need a “stamp of approval” from the Church or any other institution or from any person because each one of us already has the “imprimatur of God.” And there’s no better authority than that!
These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.