1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-11,13-14
2nd Reading: Timothy 1: 12-17
Gospel: Luke 15:1-32

​In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us about the happiness and the joy when a lost sheep or a lost coin is found. The whole message of the Gospel is that of coming home and being found. Never mind what you have done. Just come home. Yes, life need not end in the streets or in the darkness. The Gospel is indeed good news because it gives us not only consolation but also hope, which we need to hear in our world that is filled with so much hopelessness, helplessness, and despair.

One of the things we must not give up in this life is goodness itself. The Lord tells us today that He does not give up on our goodness, so neither should we easily give up on our own and on other people's goodness. In spite of the rising incidence of war, violence and crime, we must not give up on believing that people are basically good, and that goodness is never gone.

Please remember that while God hates sin, He loves the sinner. In our anger or rage, we may be so caught up in punishing or condemning those who do us wrong, but for God, the bottom line is the conversion, the redemption and the salvation of the sinner. The evil one will promote punishment and condemnation, but God will offer forgiveness, understanding and salvation. As God is not harsh with us, may we also not be harsh on one another.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being an understanding, forgiving and merciful Father to us all. Amen.

​Fr. Dante