Friday, September 10, 2010

The Sunday Word

This weekend we mark the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday's first reading is from the Book of Exodus. God is angry with Israel for their idolatry. And Moses intercedes and pleads for the Lord's mercy and it is given. The Gospel is also a message of mercy. We are introduced to three parables: the parable of the lost sheep; the parable of the lost coin; and the parable of the lost Son (more popularly known as the prodigal son).

The second reading is from the first letter to Timothy and has Saint Paul confessing his past. He is a real pain in  the "neck." Once again, this mercy theme appears in the reading

This is such a contrast with our own attitudes about justice and vengeance. Most of us regard justice as letting the “bad guys” get theirs. But the parable regards reconciliation as far more important. The older son never learned in all his years of serving and never once disobeying an order, what the younger one learned through his own sinning. That lesson is simple. One is not called to be a slave, but a true child, in relation to God. Or as Paul puts it: “This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: ‘Christ Jesus save sinners’.”There is a lot going on in these readings for Sunday. If your are hungry these words are very satisfying.

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Pray for the Canonization of Blsessed William Joseph Chaminade
" Since God delights in giving his graces during prayer, we must profit by these sweet moments to ask for help in all our spiritual and temporal needs; we ought especially to ask for a lively faith, for it is faith which raises us to the throne of God."
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade