Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-32

Highlight: "While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion."

Reflection: I, like many Christians, have read the parable of the prodigal son countless times. So the question is: Is there anything left to learn from this parable? I must admit, I really didn't think so when I started reading. I almost gave up on writing a reflection this week. But then the Holy Spirit prodded me, and I noticed something. The father in the story did not chase after his son. He didn't find him partying in some distant town, and convince him to come home. Rather, the emptiness and fruitlessness of the prodigal son's godless existence drove him back to his father. I wonder, then, if sometimes we take the wrong approach. Maybe I'm too focused on how to bring back certain people who are outside the Church, and not attentive enough to those who are on their way back and need someone to welcome them back. How can we be more like the father in the parable? How can we better welcome those who have realized that only Christ will bring them the happiness they desire?

Geeky Quote: "Gandalf, my old friend... this will be a night to remember!" - Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring (film)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, let us rejoice with you for your children who re-enter your family. Amen.

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