It is 11th September 2016. We are in the The Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time and the readings are from Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; 1Timothy 1:12-17; and the Gospel from Luke 15:1-32. The reconciliation and repentance is not only a communal act but also personal choice. In the first reading, the people of Israel turned away from God while Moses engaged himself in deep praying in order to receive the Ten Commandments. Are we too worshiping a molten calf secretly? The responsorial Psalm prays, “I will rise and go to my father.” (Lk.15:18). St. Paul offers his gratitude to Christ for the abundant God’s mercy revealed in Jesus Christ by saving us all who are sinners. The Gospel recounts the character of God is to love and forgive. Three stories of the gospel namely the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son remind us that God is not tired of loving us and forgiving us. It is we who are tired of seeking God in times of need. Three readings remind us gently the power of mercy and forgiveness and inviting us to be the apostles of mercy in the situation we live in. We too have the duty to search and find God in our hectic, disorderly, self-righteous way of living. During this year of jubilee of mercy, we need to have the character of God the Father to be loving and merciful to all. We need to empathize with the fallen ones and point out to them their ignorance in loving God. Let us get rid of the molten calves and constantly be grateful to God for all that we are blessed. Are we willing to accept God’s forgiving attitude when it is given to the others? May God bless you to have good day.

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