14 Shepherd thy people with thy staff, the flock of thy inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.15 As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt I will show them marvelous things.
18 Who is a God like thee, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger for ever because he delights in steadfast love.19 He will again have compassion upon us, he will tread our iniquities under foot. Thou wilt cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.20 Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”3 So he told them this parable:11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons;12 and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them.
13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.14 And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.
15 So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet;
23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry;24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.
27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him,29 but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.32 It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”
THE PROPHET MICAH try to convince his people that he has been send to shepherd and direct them to greener pastures, forgiveing their trespasses, remove their anger and unify them as when they left Egypt, being one united family of the Lord.
THE GOSPEL READING: Because the Pharisees and scribes took umbrage at Christ for being in the company of iniquites men and women—whose way of living were anything but; virtuous, moral and exemplary, the Lord thought it wise to tell the story of the prodigal son, hoping that they would reconsider their animus disposition and instead draw and welcome the ostracized Hebrew families, who submit and repent so they can be received back into the fold of Abraham.
Should you and i find ourselves in a place that is; dark, decrepit,cut off, devoid of light, the sound of music, dance, joyfulness, pirouette and lacking supernatural food that can heal and remit sin, because you and i have wilfully separated from His Church, then we are cordially invited to return to the Church Christ established upon Peter. Our transformation begins when we let go of our pride; submit to the confessional—the sacrament of mercy—where we are washed clean, given a white robe and invited to sit at the Sacramental table of the Holy Eucharist whereby we are extricated from the Pit of darkness, with our sins remembered no more!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 103:1-4,9-121 A Psalm of David.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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