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Pastor's Corner

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 15, 2019

In today’s First Reading, Moses seeks the mercy of God toward an unfaithful and wayward community. Needless to say, St Luke’s Gospel helps us understand that God’s mercy is not exclusive to the people of Israel, but is a freely–given gift to all who search for it. The first two parables of today’s Gospel culminate in the well–known parable of the prodigal son. In these stories Jesus invites us to recognize the heart of the forgiven Father and to mature as compassionate sons and daughters who are willing and ready to welcome others into their hearts as the Father welcomes them.

St. Paul, in the Second Reading, shares with Timothy the testimony of his own life: how he experienced Christ’s unconditional love, and thus became an example for those who search for life eternal. This Sunday’s readings help us understand that only in Christ do we encounter the Father’s gift of mercy; such a proclamation of mercy and forgiveness also becomes a challenge for all Christians who live in today’s aggressive and chaotic society. Have we learned to forgive as Jesus teaches us in today’s parables? Do we experience joy and peace in our daily journey despite the resentment and rejection that we face at times?

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

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