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Luke 15:31-32

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Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”

Luke 15:31-32
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    • God has no favourites; he loved the elder son as much as the younger. Just as this time the younger son needed more care and visible love and affirmation. On the day I feel the need to be forgiven, as on the day I may feel all is okay, I need to know the love of God, always offered in times of prayer.
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    • Jesus did nothing by halves, and expects the same of us. This parable illustrates the real nature of forgiveness. It is more than saying “I forgive you”. It is going forward to meet the person who has injured us, putting our arms around that person and holding him or her close to our heart. Is there somebody in my life who needs my wholehearted forgiveness?
    • Can I let God say to me: “You are always with me, and all that I have is yours”?
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    • Forgiveness is rarely deserved. If we rejoice in knowing that we are ourselves forgiven despite our unworthiness, we will be much more ready to forgive others, even when they do not deserve it. Forgiveness is a gift. Do I give this gift generously?
    • Whom do I identify with in this parable? With the elder brother who is outraged to see the love and forgiveness which is so freely and spontaneously given to his undeserving brother? Or with the younger brother, who simply accepts his father’s loving embrace?
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    • The father loves both sons, the bad and also the angry one. He keeps calling them sons, even though they both make fools of him. Jesus is revealing in this story what his own father is like. May I believe that God’s hand is always stretched out toward sinners, including myself. God never stops wishing me well. May I act a bit like the father toward those who cause me hurt and humiliation.
    • God invites all of us to a great party. This is the drama of human history. The world of the divine is our home. There each will be welcomed and made to feel important. We will feast together and delight in one another. The atmosphere will be one of ever-flowing joy. Lord, when I feel lost and dead, and when things go against me, remind me of the dream you have for me. When I worry about others, may I trust that your invitation to them is never withdrawn, no matter what they do.
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    • The Pharisees gave the name People of the Land to Jews who did not keep the Law. They would not trust them, do business or eat with them. So they were scandalised that Jesus would spend time with such sinners.
    • In reply Jesus challenges their picture of an intolerant, exclusive God, and substitutes the image of the shepherd: /When you meet him on some high moor, sleepless, far-sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff and looking out over his scattered sheep, you understand why Christ took him as the type of self-sacrifice./ This is the Lord I know, who never gives up hope in me.
    • Notice the compassionate welcome of the father for the prodigal son; no condemnation, no long confession, just the joy at welcoming him home. The words to describe the father are mercy, compassion and joy. The same words describe God for you and for me, especially when we need strength or forgiveness when we feel we have let God down. God loves us most when we love ourselves least. God is nearest when we are most in need.
    • Would you really leave your ninety-nine sheep to find one, and run the risk that the ninety-nine would be stolen? Would I leave ninety banknotes on the table to search for the one missing, and run the risk of losing everything? There's something about this story that Jesus loses himself in loving us, that God gives everything of the Divinity for us humans. God offers love in Jesus; and God is happy when we open our hearts in our love to God's knock of love on our door. Prayer is the opening of the door of our whole personalities in love to God.
    • We probably know this story well. It has been called the best short story ever written. It is more about the love of the father than about the sin of the son. It is about the celebration of a loved one's return to God and love. Nowhere is he called to repentance or conversion - it's almost as if this will happen in the atmosphere of love and forgiveness.
    • One of the most powerful ways to learn about love is in being loved, about forgiveness is in being forgiven.
    • The son who stayed at home seemed to have lost sight of his father's generous character. I ask God to bless me with a life-giving understanding our relationship.
    • God has a heart full of love for me; for what do I ask?
    • I rejoice with God at signs of life, at the rediscovery of what has been lost or forgotten.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The Pharisees gave the name People of the Land to Jews who did not keep the Law. They would not trust them, do business or eat with them. So they were scandalised that Jesus would spend time with such sinners.
    • In reply Jesus challenges their picture of an intolerant, exclusive God, and substitutes the image of the shepherd: /When you meet him on some high moor, sleepless, far-sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff and looking out over his scattered sheep, you understand why Christ took him as the type of self-sacrifice./ This is the Lord I know, who never gives up hope in me.
    • Notice the compassionate welcome of the father for the prodigal son; no condemnation, no long confession, just the joy at welcoming him home. The words to describe the father are mercy, compassion and joy. The same words describe God for you and for me, especially when we need strength or forgiveness when we feel we have let God down. God loves us most when we love ourselves least. God is nearest when we are most in need.
    • Would you really leave your ninety-nine sheep to find one, and run the risk that the ninety-nine would be stolen? Would I leave ninety banknotes on the table to search for the one missing, and run the risk of losing everything? There's something about this story that Jesus loses himself in loving us, that God gives everything of the Divinity for us humans. God offers love in Jesus; and God is happy when we open our hearts in our love to God's knock of love on our door. Prayer is the opening of the door of our whole personalities in love to God.
    • We probably know this story well. It has been called the best short story ever written. It is more about the love of the father than about the sin of the son. It is about the celebration of a loved one's return to God and love. Nowhere is he called to repentance or conversion - it's almost as if this will happen in the atmosphere of love and forgiveness.
    • One of the most powerful ways to learn about love is in being loved, about forgiveness is in being forgiven.
    • The son who stayed at home seemed to have lost sight of his father's generous character. I ask God to bless me with a life-giving understanding our relationship.
    • God has a heart full of love for me; for what do I ask?
    • I rejoice with God at signs of life, at the rediscovery of what has been lost or forgotten.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The Pharisees gave the name People of the Land to Jews who did not keep the Law. They would not trust them, do business or eat with them. So they were scandalised that Jesus would spend time with such sinners.
    • In reply Jesus challenges their picture of an intolerant, exclusive God, and substitutes the image of the shepherd: /When you meet him on some high moor, sleepless, far-sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff and looking out over his scattered sheep, you understand why Christ took him as the type of self-sacrifice./ This is the Lord I know, who never gives up hope in me.
    • Notice the compassionate welcome of the father for the prodigal son; no condemnation, no long confession, just the joy at welcoming him home. The words to describe the father are mercy, compassion and joy. The same words describe God for you and for me, especially when we need strength or forgiveness when we feel we have let God down. God loves us most when we love ourselves least. God is nearest when we are most in need.
    • Would you really leave your ninety-nine sheep to find one, and run the risk that the ninety-nine would be stolen? Would I leave ninety banknotes on the table to search for the one missing, and run the risk of losing everything? There's something about this story that Jesus loses himself in loving us, that God gives everything of the Divinity for us humans. God offers love in Jesus; and God is happy when we open our hearts in our love to God's knock of love on our door. Prayer is the opening of the door of our whole personalities in love to God.
    • We probably know this story well. It has been called the best short story ever written. It is more about the love of the father than about the sin of the son. It is about the celebration of a loved one's return to God and love. Nowhere is he called to repentance or conversion - it's almost as if this will happen in the atmosphere of love and forgiveness.
    • One of the most powerful ways to learn about love is in being loved, about forgiveness is in being forgiven.
    • The son who stayed at home seemed to have lost sight of his father's generous character. I ask God to bless me with a life-giving understanding our relationship.
    • God has a heart full of love for me; for what do I ask?
    • I rejoice with God at signs of life, at the rediscovery of what has been lost or forgotten.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • The Pharisees gave the name People of the Land to Jews who did not keep the Law. They would not trust them, do business or eat with them. So they were scandalised that Jesus would spend time with such sinners.
    • In reply Jesus challenges their picture of an intolerant, exclusive God, and substitutes the image of the shepherd: /When you meet him on some high moor, sleepless, far-sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff and looking out over his scattered sheep, you understand why Christ took him as the type of self-sacrifice./ This is the Lord I know, who never gives up hope in me.
    • Notice the compassionate welcome of the father for the prodigal son; no condemnation, no long confession, just the joy at welcoming him home. The words to describe the father are mercy, compassion and joy. The same words describe God for you and for me, especially when we need strength or forgiveness when we feel we have let God down. God loves us most when we love ourselves least. God is nearest when we are most in need.
    • Would you really leave your ninety-nine sheep to find one, and run the risk that the ninety-nine would be stolen? Would I leave ninety banknotes on the table to search for the one missing, and run the risk of losing everything? There's something about this story that Jesus loses himself in loving us, that God gives everything of the Divinity for us humans. God offers love in Jesus; and God is happy when we open our hearts in our love to God's knock of love on our door. Prayer is the opening of the door of our whole personalities in love to God.
    • We probably know this story well. It has been called the best short story ever written. It is more about the love of the father than about the sin of the son. It is about the celebration of a loved one's return to God and love. Nowhere is he called to repentance or conversion - it's almost as if this will happen in the atmosphere of love and forgiveness.
    • One of the most powerful ways to learn about love is in being loved, about forgiveness is in being forgiven.
    • The son who stayed at home seemed to have lost sight of his father's generous character. I ask God to bless me with a life-giving understanding our relationship.
    • God has a heart full of love for me; for what do I ask?
    • I rejoice with God at signs of life, at the rediscovery of what has been lost or forgotten.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

    Active
    Default
    • The Pharisees gave the name People of the Land to Jews who did not keep the Law. They would not trust them, do business or eat with them. So they were scandalised that Jesus would spend time with such sinners.
    • In reply Jesus challenges their picture of an intolerant, exclusive God, and substitutes the image of the shepherd: /When you meet him on some high moor, sleepless, far-sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff and looking out over his scattered sheep, you understand why Christ took him as the type of self-sacrifice./ This is the Lord I know, who never gives up hope in me.
    • Notice the compassionate welcome of the father for the prodigal son; no condemnation, no long confession, just the joy at welcoming him home. The words to describe the father are mercy, compassion and joy. The same words describe God for you and for me, especially when we need strength or forgiveness when we feel we have let God down. God loves us most when we love ourselves least. God is nearest when we are most in need.
    • Would you really leave your ninety-nine sheep to find one, and run the risk that the ninety-nine would be stolen? Would I leave ninety banknotes on the table to search for the one missing, and run the risk of losing everything? There's something about this story that Jesus loses himself in loving us, that God gives everything of the Divinity for us humans. God offers love in Jesus; and God is happy when we open our hearts in our love to God's knock of love on our door. Prayer is the opening of the door of our whole personalities in love to God.
    • We probably know this story well. It has been called the best short story ever written. It is more about the love of the father than about the sin of the son. It is about the celebration of a loved one's return to God and love. Nowhere is he called to repentance or conversion - it's almost as if this will happen in the atmosphere of love and forgiveness.
    • One of the most powerful ways to learn about love is in being loved, about forgiveness is in being forgiven.
    • The son who stayed at home seemed to have lost sight of his father's generous character. I ask God to bless me with a life-giving understanding our relationship.
    • God has a heart full of love for me; for what do I ask?
    • I rejoice with God at signs of life, at the rediscovery of what has been lost or forgotten.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    Default
    • God has no favourites; he loved the elder son as much as the younger. Just as this time the younger son needed more care and visible love and affirmation. On the day I feel the need to be forgiven, as on the day I may feel all is okay, I need to know the love of God, always offered in times of prayer.