Sunday, September 16, 2007
"Rejoice with me..."
Today's Liturgy celebrates God's love and mercy in all the readings. The Gospel (Lk 15) tells us that Jesus was eating with tax collectors and sinners. The Pharisees and scribes begin to complain about this; Jesus tells them three stories or parables. In each, what was lost is found and there is great rejoicing.
The ninety-nine sheep are left behind to seek the lost one; the lost is found and then carried home with great joy. All the friends are called to Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.
The parable of the woman who loses one of her ten coins is next. She goes searching for it until she finds it. Then, she calls her friends and says to them, Rejoice with me ...
In both parables, Jesus says that there will be even more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.
The story of the Prodigal Son is really about the Father who goes out each day to watch for his son; when the son returns, the father rejoices and celebrates a feast because he was lost and has been found.
As Paul tells us, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners". Let us rejoice because we are sinners being sought by Christ and carried lovingly in his arms as he rejoices over our return.
Let us also rejoice because God continues to seek us, to find us, and to say to us, Rejoice with me...