Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.
September 15, 2019
Few parables are as well known as the prodigal son. We see ourselves in that humbled son who trudges back home to be joyously welcomed. What a glorious reunion it would be. And how indignant we are with the elder brother, when he complains about the welcome feast. What a petty, selfish, human reaction.
The elder son isn’t evil, he just has a bad case of “keeping tabs.” Ever since his younger brother left, the elder has had more responsibilities, more work, more pressure. By now he’s got a list of resentments as long as his arm. Every time he felt overwhelmed, he conjured up an image of his younger brother, enjoying a free-wheeling independent life. It wasn’t fair. And now when the little brat shows up, empty-handed he gets a party? It’s a feeling we’re all familiar with, if we’re honest. But today’s gospel reminds us the party is for our Father who found His lost child, not to reward the weaknesses of our brother. As we face the prodigals in our own lives may we rem
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Prodigal sons or a phenomenal father?
There are a lot of reasons why people grumble. Many times, we forget our blessings and join the grumblers. Be it to hide from our own need for mercy, or to vindicate our narrow sense of justice, we mis-focus and stare at the sin instead of marveling at a love available to all of us. Far more than a story of a prodigal son, Jesus tells the story of a loving God. God’s message of love is in danger of being lost on those who choose to grumble about the sins of others, rather than focus on God’s phenomenal Love. Which do you see today?