Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 15, 2019
A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
— Psalm 51:12
Dear Parish Family,
As we near the end of the baseball season, there’s the beginning of another season which is not played in a ballpark. It’s the season of free agency when players who, having reached the end of their contract, will begin negotiating with their present team for more money. If negotiations prove fruitless, players begin negotiating with other teams.
In Jesus’ well-known story of the Prodigal Son, the son tries to negotiate with his father. Take me back in but, because I sinned, treat me as one of your hired workers. That was what he had planned to say to his father. The father, however, did not give him a chance to negotiate because as soon as the son said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you,” the father sprang into action by giving his son more than he could ever hope to receive, a warm embrace along with new clothing and a party fit for royalty. The father never even considered negotiating, bargaining with his son. His love was unconditional.
Nor do we have to bargain or negotiate any terms with God when we go to Him in sorrow and ask for His forgiveness. He is always waiting to warmly embrace us with open arms.
In the Word,
First Reading — “Why should your wrath blaze up against your own people, whom you brought out of Egypt?” (Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14).
Psalm — I will rise and go to my father (Psalm 51).
Second Reading — The grace of our Lord has been abundant (1 Timothy 1:12-17).
Gospel — There is great rejoicing in heaven and among the angels when a sinner repents (Luke 15:1-32 [1-10]).
Readings for the Week
Monday: 1 Tm 2:1-8; Ps 28:2, 7-9; Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Tm 3:1-13; Ps 101:1b-3ab, 5-6; Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: 1 Tm 3:14-16; Ps 111:1-6; Lk 7:31-35
Thursday: 1 Tm 4:12-16; Ps 111:7-10; Lk 7:36-50
Friday: 1 Tm 6:2c-12; Ps 49:6-10, 17-20; Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Ps 19:2-5; Mt 9:9-13
Sunday: Am 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tm 2:1-8; Lk 16:1-13 [10-13]