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Faith Daily | 19 March 2022

PRAYER of the DAY - APBA p 484


Remember, O Lord,

what you have wrought in us

and not what we deserve,

and, as you have called us to your service,

make us worthy of our calling;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen


GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32


Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3So Jesus told them this parable:


11 “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 20So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate. 25“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”



GOSPEL REFLECTION: Leanne Hallas


This part of Luke retells Jesus' parable of the Prodigal son which most of us have known since Sunday School days.


The young man who wanted to take his inheritance and go out into the world. Unfortunately he squanders his money on any number of sinful acts. Eventually he makes the decision to come home and throw himself upon his father in the hope that his father will treat him as well as his servants.


Much to the son's amazement his father is overwhelmed with great joy at the return of his lost son. He arranges great celebrations and heaps gifts upon his returning son.


Jesus is telling yet another parable about how joyfully our Father welcomes the repentant sinner. He rejoices over the finding of the lost lamb.


As members of a Christian community we must endeavour to reflect the joy of our Father when repentant sinners come to us for guidance, support and prayer. We too can be the joyful father welcoming home the Prodigal Son.


FINAL PRAYER:


Dear Lord,

Teach us to welcome all your lambs with rejoicing as you do.

Teach us to guide them and support them in their journey to the Father.

Let us be a true example of your love and protection.

Amen

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