The Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Lent this year gives us the parable of the Prodigal Son. This story, coupled with the words of St. Paul from the second reading: "For our sake God made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him" (2 Cor 5:21), teach us God's plan for creation. God wishes that everyone be saved through His son Jesus Christ. Like the father in the parable, God rushes to meet us and heal us and forgive us when we have sinned or wandered away. He comes to us in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit, and we receive His gift of salvation through the Church, the Body of Christ.