Today’s readings invite us to believe in a loving, patient, merciful, and forgiving God. The Good News Jesus preached was that God is our loving and forgiving Heavenly Father Who wants to save everyone through His Son, not a cruel, judging and punishing God. He is always in search of His lost and straying children, as Jesus explains in the three parables of today’s Gospel.
Scripture lessons: In today’s first reading, taken from Exodus, Moses is imploring a forgiving God to have mercy on the sinful people who abandoned Him and turned to idol-worship, reminding God of His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
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Let’s face it – we live in a consumerist society. We buy more than we need, and when we are finished with it (or when we break/lose it), we buy something new and better. It really is poor stewardship, and it can cause us to look at very few things as having any real value. This weekend, we reveal a new annual stewardship theme: EMPOWERED! Fully Alive as Missionary Disciples. In Baptism and Confirmation, we are all empowered by the Holy Spirit and are, therefore, of great value! In the first two parables of today’s Gospel, Jesus tries to point out that when something has real value, you’ll drop everything to save it. He used the examples of a lost sheep and a misplaced gold coin because those had monetary value to the people of that time. But as we read on in the parable of the Prodigal Son, we learn that He is really talking about the lost children of God…He is talking about us. Our good stewardship does not preserve us from sin, but it might keep us headed in the right direction. Let us always remember how valuable we are in the eyes of our Heavenly Father and be good stewards of one another