The Gospel you will hear at Mass this Sunday is perhaps one
of the most well-known passages of sacred scripture. It is often referred to as the parable of the
prodigal son (though I personally prefer to refer to it as the parable of the merciful
It is an astounding parable and it brings home the reality
of God’s mercy. No matter the sin, your
Father is waiting for you to return to Him and seek his forgiveness. Whatever you may have done or failed to do in
terms of keeping God’s commandments and living a good, holy life, never forget
that forgiveness is just around the corner.
Do you speak openly about your faith to others? Are you not afraid to be frank about how your
religion shapes your moral code? Do you
even go as far as to try to bring others round to your way of thinking on
social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter?
In the New Evangelisation just a few years back, Pope
Benedict XVI encouraged us to get out into the world to preach the Good News of
Jesus Christ. And he wanted us to use
every available platform at our disposal in order to do this.
Following a recent discussion on our Facebook page I
thought it might be useful to draft up a short note on our Catholic faith and
homosexuality. It is intentionally
brief. For a more in-depth article on the matter pleaseclick
Our Catholic faith tells us that homosexual acts are
wrong. I think it's hard for us to hear this in such an abrupt way in today's
world but this is what we are taught by faith. The reason such acts are wrong
is that God has ordered us male and female for the authentic union that is
marriage between man and woman and to be completely open to the precious gift
of new life.
Surrender and let Jesus shine out of you
(alternative) Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27):
'Just as a
human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all
these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one
Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as
citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many
parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part
Jesus was compassionate but firm in the Truth
Pope Francis, during his Sunday Angelus, has spoken about the
importance of Baptism and the role it plays in our lives. Having earlier baptised 26 baby girls and boys at
morning Mass, the pope was keen to impress upon the gathered faithful the
critical nature of this sacrament.
pope said that in Baptism the Holy Spirit "burns and destroys original sin, returning
to baptism the beauty of divine grace.”
pope then stressed the importance of following Jesus and being obedient to the
Truth whilst remaining true to Christ’s qualities of tenderness and humility.
Jesus is waiting to embrace each and every one of us
“Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will
give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
It's often hard as human beings to admit we are tired or
weary. We have an in-built pride that
means we often brush aside any notion of weakness and soldier on. But sometimes we have to stop and appreciate
that we do have limitations and that we do need help.
In the scripture passage above Jesus is giving us the option
of going to him for that help.
Archbishop Charles J Chaput
Archbishop Charles J Chaput speaking about the Synod on the Family:
"Truth without love is bitter and can drive the wounded away; and love without truth isn't love at all, but a comfortable form of lying.
"There can be no real mercy, since mercy is an expression of love, without first grounding it in the truth about God's will for humanity. His will includes marriage and the family. And the source for understanding his truth in God's own Word and the Chuch his Son founded.
This guy really, really loves you!
Sunday’s Second Reading (Hebrews 4:14-16):
'Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin.
Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and find grace when we are in need of help.
Following Jesus will satisfy the longings of our heart
First Reading (Daniel 7:9-10,13-14):
'As I watched:
Thrones were set in place
and one of great age took his seat.
His robe was white as snow,
the hair of his head as pure as wool.
His throne was a blaze of flames,
its wheels were a burning fire.
A stream of fire poured out,
issuing from his presence.
A thousand thousand waited on him,
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
A court was held
and the books were opened.
And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven,