Exodus 32,7-11;13-14. Psalm 50; 1Tim. 1,12-17; Luke 15;1-32
Today the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time has several themes but the dominate themes are mercy, compassion, joy and rejoicing.
In the first reading from Exodus, the people really didn’t listen to Moses and built a calf of gold.The Lord was really upset and wanted to destroy them. He was mad. Sometimes we can react like that after all the work we put into something. But Moses pleads with the Lord for his people and tries his case before God. He tries to tell God that He was the one who led them out of Egypt and guided them with Fire and Clouds and gave them manna etc... His works were not in vein and so God relents and doesn’t destroy his people. Moses must have been happy at that point.
Psalm 50 - Is a psalm that shows the mercy and love of God who forgives us if we ask for forgiveness. It is the response of the Son in the Gospel who desires forgiveness.
The second reading from Timothy explains what happened to Paul who perhaps could be called the Prodigal Son whom the Lord forgives and forgets. He begins a true disciple of the Lord and his life ends in martyrdom.
The Gospel presents 3 parables that speak about something or someone being lost and found, going from sorrow to joy. There is a story told by a minister to a group of street kids. She told the story of the Prodigal Son and stopped at the point where the younger son decides to return home. She asked the children, if they thought the son would be able to return home. A child said,” It depends.” “On what?” asked the minister, “On whether there is a mother in the house. If so, then she will work on the Father and get him to finally accept the son back in the house.” God is truly Father and Mother.
We have been called to heal wounds, to bring together what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. - St. Francis of Assisi
- Sr. RoseAnn Cappola
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