Gospel Lk 15:1-32
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There is a great need for READERS or LECTORS for the 11 00 am Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption. We currently only have 4 volunteer readers on this team, and we could benefit from 4 more helpers to round out the schedule and team. Young people who have been confirmed are encouraged in a special way to join If you are willing or able to volunteer for the Ministry of Lectors, then please speak to our coordinator Monique Tobicoe, or contact her at pmtobicoe@telus net .
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Sept. 15 – Our Lady of Sorrows
Monday – Sept. 16 – St. Theodore of Canterbury
Tuesday – Sept. 17 – St. Cyprian
Wednesday – Sept. 18 – St. Higbald of Lincolnshire
Thursday – Sept. 19 – St. Januarius
Friday – Sept. 20 – Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions
Saturday – Sept. 21 – St. Matthew
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Sinners were drawing near to hear Jesus
Luke in his Gospel account tells us that “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear Jesus speak” (Luke 15:1). Wealthy tax collectors were despised by the Jews because they often forced the people to pay much more than was due. And sinners, like prostitutes and adulterers, were a scandal to public decency. The scribes and Pharisees took great offense at Jesus because he went out of his way to meet with tax collectors and public sinners and he treated them like they were his friends. The Pharisees had strict regulations to avoid all contact with them, lest they incur ritual defilement. They were not to entrust money to sinners of bad repute, or have any business dealings with them, or trust them with a secret, or entrust orphans to their care, nor accompany them on a journey, nor give their daughter in marriage to any of their sons, nor invite them as guests or be their guests. They were quite shocked to see Jesus speaking with sinners and even going to their homes to eat with them.
Finding and restoring what has been lost
Why were many tax collectors and sinners drawn to Jesus? Jesus offered them forgiveness, mercy, and healing and the promise of full restoration with God the Father and the whole community of heaven – God’s kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy. When the Pharisees began to question Jesus’ motive and practice of associating with sinners of ill-repute, Jesus responds by giving them a three-fold lesson in the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son (Luke 15:4-32).
Quote from the early church fathers: The Father redeems his son with a kiss, by Peter Chrysologus (400-450 AD)
“‘He fell on his neck and kissed him.’ This is how the father judges and corrects his wayward son and gives him not beatings but kisses. The power of love overlooked the transgressions. The father redeemed the sins of his son by his kiss, and covered them by his embrace, in order not to expose the crimes or humiliate the son. The father so healed the son’s wounds as not to leave a scar or blemish upon him. ‘Blessed are they,’ says Scripture ‘whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered’ (Romans 4:7).” (excerpt from SERMON 3)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org
“Lord Jesus, may your light dispel the darkness of sin, deception, and ignorance, so that all who are lost or confused may find their way to the Father’s home and be united with him in a bond of peace and friendship. Transform my heart with your merciful love that I may point many others to the good news of pardon, peace, and new life which you offer to all who trust in you, the Good Shepherd and Savior of the world.”
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.