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Sunday, September 11, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 15: 1-32


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying,  “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So He addressed this parable,  “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?  And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them,  

“Rejoice with me 
because I have found my lost sheep.  
I say to you that likewise 
there will be more joy in heaven 
over one sinner who repents 
than over ninety-nine just persons 
who need no repentance."

Or what woman, having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it?  And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying,  


“Rejoice with me 
because I have found the coin that I lost.”  
In just the same way, I tell you, 
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God 
over one sinner who repents.”

Then He said,  “A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,  ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’   So the father divided the property between them.  And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance.  But when he had spent all, a severe famine struck that country and he began to be in want.  So he hired himself out to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to tend the swine.  And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.  Coming to his senses he thought. he said,  ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I shall get up and go to my father and say,  “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I no longer deserve to be called your son;  treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”  And he arose and came to his father.  While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.  He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him,  ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  But the father said to his servants,  ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;  he was lost, and has been found.’ 

Now his older son was in the field.  And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.  And he said to him,  ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ 

But he was angry and would not go in.  Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.  So he answered and said to his father,  ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you;  I never transgressed your commandment at any time;  and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  But as soon as this son of your came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
And he said to him,  


Son, you are always with me,
and all that I have is yours. 
It was right that we should make merry and be glad,
for your brother was dead and is alive again,
and was lost and is found.”



THE LOST ONE

We often rejoice and look forward to different events like, birthday celebration, weddings, baptismal and confirmation celebrations, graduation celebration, etc. to happen immediately in our life.  The happiness in our face is describable that it can be seen also in our actions.  Much more if we look forward to something like, a miracle for harmony and reconciliation to happen among our family members or friends.     Additionally, if we look forward to something like, a miracle for our children to be free from ungodly strongholds in their life, is more glorious to be felt by any parents than any kind of problems being experienced.  It pierces the heart of any parents to see their child being led astray.  Though it takes time to have these happen, all of these can only happen with the help of God’s grace and mercy to fill our hearts. 


I have a close friend’s friend who has a daughter who became addicted to prohibited drugs.  Her friend never realized it until she received a letter from the college school that she dropped out from school last semester this year.  The mother never doubted her daughter every time she asks for money as payment for her tuition fee.  She has been living in the province, while her daughter is living in a college dormitory.  Upon knowing it, the mother took her daughter and brought her to a rehabilitation center.   She stayed there until she was cleared of her drug addiction.  It was a pitiful sight to see her daughter in a strayed life.  Her daughter was at a lost before, but now the mother feels peace and happiness in knowing that her daughter has realized her wrongdoings and changed for the better.   

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"I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a



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