September 16,2007 24th Sunday of Year C

We read and hear of God's love, compassion, mercy, kindness and tenderness. Here is the challenge! Have we really deep in our hearts grasped the meaning? To do so, let us spend a special quiet time, acknowledge that human effort and study does not bring enlightenment but this comes only as a pure gift of God. This gift will make us a new person!

The Pharisees of Jesus' time were a group who had a very severe image of God. He was the God of Law, and those who broke that Law were punished by God. Jesus was absolutely opposed to this kind of God. For example in Luke's Gospel chapter 15 Jesus gives us 3 parables on the mercy of God. They are (1)the lost sheep (2)the lost coin and (3)the lost son.

The shepherd leaves 99 sheep and searches for just one! The lesson is that every single person is precious to, and loved by, God.

The housewife loses one of 10 coins - she searches for it, finds it and rejoices. Our God is a rejoicing God - think over that aspect of God!

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, rather than emphasize the son's sins, put emphasis on the kindness, mercy, love of the father - that is our God!

I read this sentence yesterday, it fascinates me; "Mercy, love and compassion are not just facets of God, but rather they are God himself, his very essence." To me, a thought provoking sentence!

This week very slowly and prayerfully read all of Luke's Gospel Chapter 15; then just sit quietly and taste God's personal love for you.

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