Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 15,1-3.11-32
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
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.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “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.”‘
So he got up and went back 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.
His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’
But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then 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.’ Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field and, on his way back, as he neared the house, he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him, ‘Your brother has returned and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
He became angry, and when he refused to enter the house, his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply, ‘Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders; yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends.
But when your son returns who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’
He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.'”
God receives sinners…
1) The Father: He is the figure of someone who patiently waits for that person whom he loves to change, even though they cause harm to him. He knows the change will come, sooner or later. That Father who suffers the pain of being rejected by the son he loves, and for whom he is willing to give his life. This is a person who does not hold a grudge; who does not seek revenge or harm. He has the vision of the supernatural and knows how to wait. We all have something of that father; knowing how to trust, and not doubt, that things will change … his gaze is one of hope for things to get better . The Father restores dignity. You and I need to be more like that Father.
2) The youngest son: He is the figure of rebellion. This is the one who acts with his passions and emotions; not by reason. The worldly attractions which are fleeting get all his attention. He is superficial and immature. You and I also have something of this young man… he closes his ears and his eyes to reason because money fills him and gives him security. He lets himself be carried away by the crowd and is interested only in his image. The truth is that I can see myself in the description of this boy. These attitudes bring the blow of failure. Pride can sustain you at first but, by being so hard-headed, the stubbornness drags you down to the bottom. How often have you fallen so low because of your stubbornness? Recognize that you are hard headed and ask for forgiveness. God will always forgive you.You can always start again!
3) Older brother: This is the type of person who finds it hard to forgive; they are cold and calculating. Their life is governed by punishments and rewards, and they don’t care if the other one is suffering. They look out for themselves and only themselves. We can also be like this personality when we ignore the suffering of our brother. We don’t see that they are dying – we only see that they messed up and missed their chance. Do not fall into this narcissism; thinking only of ourselves and being self centred. Today I invite you to think about which one of these 3 personalities describes you best. Think about it because God can change your heart.
Please pray for the end of the Corona virus epidemic and the dengue epidemic. God-bless you in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Remember heaven is our goal.