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The Good News for the day, March 3, 2018

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent (235)

Notorious financiers and streetwalkers were the ones attracted to Jesus, but religious leaders (Pharisees) and their Secretaries (scribes) started criticizing: “This man is welcoming no-good people; he eats with them.” It was to them Jesus addressed this story. “A man once upon a time had two sons. The younger son said to his dad, ‘Father, give me the portion of your estate that would be coming to me.’ The father then did divide his wealth between the two of them. After a few days, that younger son packed all his stuff, and went away to a distant country. There he squandered his inheritance on a self-indulgent life. When he had spent everything recklessly, a terrible famine struck that country; the boy found himself in dire straits. He hired himself out to a local citizen who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs. He wanted to eat the vegetable slop the pigs were eating—but nobody game anything to him. Realizing his situation, he thought, ‘So many of my father’s employees have more than enough food to eat! Here I am! Dying from hunger! I am going to get up and go back home to my dad. I am going to admit: “Father, I have done wrong to heaven and to you. I don’t deserve to be called your son. Treat me like you would just one of your employees.”‘ So—he did get up and headed home to his father. He was still a long way off—his father caught sight of him–he was filled with loving pity. He ran out to his son, hugged and kissed him. His son said, ‘Father, I have done wrong to heaven and you.; I don’t deserve to be called your son.’ But his father ordered his people to: ‘Quick! Bring the best clothes we have and put them on him; put a ring on his finger, good shoes on his feet. Put the best meat on the table. Then let’s have a party! This son of mine was dead! He has come back to life! He was lost, and he’s been found!’ Then the celebration began. The older son, meanwhile, had been out in the field. It was on his way back, as he neared the house, he could hear music and people dancing. He called one of the waiters, asked what was going on. The waiter told him, ‘Your brother has come home, and your father has prepared a big party—he has him back safe and sound.’ This son got mad. When he refused to come in the house, his father came out and begged him to join them. He replied to his father, ‘Look, all these years I have been doing what is right for you; not once have I strayed from your orders! Yet you never gave me even a little get-together with my friends When your son returns, though—the one who ate up your money with prostitutes—for him you have made a hugecelebration.’ He said to him, ‘My son, you have been here with me all this time! He was lost; now he’s found!'” (Luke 15)

Doing everything right is not enough! It is love that matters. The Good News is the welcome open to that discovery He waits to hug you. Once you realize that….

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