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9/11/16 Twenty fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. James

The readings at Mass today remind us of God's mercy and His desire to seek and save the abandoned and the lost. In the second reading Paul writes how the merciful God transformed Paul the great tormentor of the Christians into the Apostle to the Gentiles.

 

The gospel reading for today appears to be all about ‘lost property’: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. It is related to all of us, because there is no one who doesn’t feel lost in some way. Jesus told these three stories in response to the Pharisees who accused him of mingling with sinners – people who had lost their way.

 

But these parables are not about the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son; they are not about being lost, but about being found. Each of them underlines the joy of the finder: God's joy in seeking and finding what is lost. These stories are Jesus’ revelation of what God is like.

 

The Lord speaks of a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine sheep to search for one who is lost. The average human shepherd would cut his losses and stay with the ninety-nine. Here Jesus makes the point that God’s love is personal and unexplainable.

 

A woman loses a small coin. Not that much really worth, But she sweeps diligently for it. When finds it she rejoices to such an extent that she spends most, if not all of it, on a party celebrating the found coin! That is exactly the point. God doesn’t count the cost. His love for us is beyond what is humanly reasonable.

 

Like the forgiving father of the prodigal son, his arms are always open to welcome us back. Pope Francis reminds us, "God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." May our loving and merciful God grant us the grace to humbly seek his mercy and the courage to also forgive and embrace those who have wronged us.

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