Saturday of the Second Week of Lent
Sts. Perpetua & Felicity, Martyrs
I must say that it has been a very strange day! Early this morning as I was fetching water from the well, I saw the strangest sight. There was the Master running down the path. I never knew the old boy could move so quickly. For the past few months, life has been very somber here at the house. You see, Little Ezekiel (about 20 years old) decided to leave the family home and strike out on his own. Surprisingly enough, the Master allowed him to do it. He sold some things and gave him the monetary value to do with as he pleased. The young man went off to pursue a future - to make a name for him. No one would have advised him that it was a good idea, but also, no one could stop him. Many tears were shed, silence reigned, and his memory hung heavily in the hearts of us all.
Yet this very day he returned. How surprised and delighted I was that the Master, his wife, and two sisters embraced him. No matter what had gone before, Ezekiel was back in good standing. After a meal, clean clothes, and a rest, a welcome home party was quickly planned. Come one, come all! Let everyone share the family’s joy. Everyone that is, except Daniel, the older brother. He was quite angered with the extravagance of the evening, especially since Ezekiel brought no fame or fortune. “Why is there all this excitement? He’s a disgrace, and I won’t take part in it!”
When the Master heard Daniel shouting, he went to meet him with his usual quiet dignity. The words I heard were few. “We had to celebrate. He was lost and is now found.” Daniel was not repentant for his outburst, disrespect, and accusation. Maybe he will tomorrow after a good night’s sleep in the barn. For now, I know I shall sleep very well. Nearly all is back together in the family I have come to love. Most of all, I admire the Master for his constant prayer and belief that his son would return. Furthermore, I hope and pray that the Master and his wife never lose the twinkle in their eyes or the music in their home.
- Fr. Michael Greene, C.P.