Antoni BigCuore Casagrande*
Date: 10/09/16, Saturday at 16.06 hoursLocation: São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE, 15, 1-32"All the tax collectors and sinners drew near to Jesus to listen. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law criticized Jesus, saying. "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them" (versíclos: 1 and 2). ( 1 )
The Pharisees were hypocrites professing an essentially ritualistic religion without the essence of God's love.
Jesus, to break paradigms, tells them three parables: one sheep lost, currency and other prodigal.A shepherd who, knowing that you lost a sheep in the midst of hundreds, not leave the ninety-nine sheep and goes in search of what was lost?
And when he finds is very happy, because found a creature of God that was lost !.Jesus goes head to head against the hypocrisy of the Jews who criticized him for being a friend of prostitutes, a friend of tax collectors and being glutton and a drunkard. this false argument of the Pharisees. On the contrary, Jesus shows them, clearly, all their pedagogy learned of their Heavenly Father, that is, He loves all his children and the whole work of creation.
On the other hand, has a special affection for the poor and underprivileged of our society. For that reason he turned to Mary Magdalene; healed many sick, etc. Anyway, conducted hundreds SIGNALS to show that He was truly the Son of God, whose mission is to demonstrate in CONCRETE ATTITUDES his INFINITELY MERCIFUL LOVE towards small and marginalized.
Jesus is no respecter of persons! For Him every human being deserves to be welcomed with love and dignity!The Pharisees and teachers of the Law, cling to the 613 laws to impose the yoke on the neck of the poor, but they themselves did not fulfill these precepts referred to the Law of Moses. They were false disciples of God the Father !. And they hated Jesus for their gestures of affection, affection and love for the little ones.
The parable of the Prodigal Son, and shows the infinite Mercy of God for a sinner who repents and returns running into the arms of the Father. The eldest son gets angry and jealous of his younger brother and discusses with the Father, because this is a banquet to receive the child returning to the arms of his father, because it recognizes his mistake by asking all his inheritance and spend it on prostitutes and orgies.
The prodigal son falls itself and repents of his thoughtless act and running back into the arms of the Father, when he realizes his own misery.Every Christian has a little to do with this story. We all sin when we distance ourselves from God and are led by the snares of Satan.
So that Catholic Christians we must always be up to date with our Sacramental life, especially Confession and the Eucharist, true balms to the wounds of our hearts! Meditate on Psalm 51 which is part of the liturgy of this Sunday.
PSALM 51 (50) - "Have mercy on me, O God, for your love! For your great compassion blot my fault! Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse my sin !. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me; I have sinned against thee, only against you, doing what is evil in your sight. "(verses 1-6). ( 2 )
May the grace of God always makes home in our hearts! God bless us always and abundantly !. Amen!
A happy and holy Sunday to all! Grace and Peace in the hearts available!
(*) The author is a Friend of Good and Divulgador the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire planet. Access his BLOG BEM VIVER BRAZIL - antonibigcuore.blogspot.com (self, spirituality and healthy living).(1) Bible Pauline, pastoral edition, pages 1335/36(2) Idem page 725.