24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

2

Ex 32:7-11, 13-14/ 1 Tm 1:12-17

Lk 15:1-32.

The three parables we read this Sunday are called the parables of mercy. The chapter begins by saying that Jesus “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” We are all sinners and Jesus welcomes us to his dining table. The shepherd “goes after the lost one until he finds it.” Then the woman “lights a lamp and sweeps the house searching carefully until she finds it.” Then as regards the lost son, “while he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him,” meaning the father was waiting and watching for his return. The Father in heaven looks for us, waits for us. We are the ones who go away from home, still the Father longs to have us back, looks out for us and is ready to take us back. That is God’s love, always forgiving, loving, waiting for our return. 

Then next the word “rejoice with me” rings aloud. The longing and waiting become rejoicing, and not just himself, rather he shares that joy with others. The Father prepares food and feast for the whole household including the servants, because he says “there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” It is here we have to pause and ask ourselves. Do I rejoice when a person I have known as drunkard, gambler, womanizer, arrogant, thief, swindler, rumor monger, slanderer, cheat and now he raises his hands praising God in prayer meetings? He is now also busy in medical missions and relief distribution! Is not the grace of God powerful to turn a person ninety degrees in his lifestyle? Should we not rejoice that one soul diverted from the road to hell and turned toward heaven? Let us learn to rejoice with the joy of the Lord and the saints.

The parable of the lost son teaches us how we fall but also how we can make the turn around. First we realize that we have been endowed by our heavenly Father with our share of the inheritance. It is here we have to count our blessings. Many times because we desire for more, we overlook our blessings. Then the son leaves the Father’s house, goes to a distant place and squanders his gifts and talents. Have we not done something similar? Our parents in the province send us to the big city to study, provide us with enough money for our needs. Have we faithfully used that money for the right purpose? Have we not shared in the squandering of our time, talent and treasure? Then comes a crisis. Crisis is not always a punishment, oftentimes it is a wake-up call. When the son felt the pinch of want and hunger, he started thinking back about his life in the Father’s house. Sometimes a mild stroke reminds us that we have not given care for our health. An illness convinces me that I have to give up smoking or drinking or avoid sweets, or lessen cholesterol intake, or high protein food; I am forced to fast from my favorite menus, and work for health and wellness. When I feel that some friends avoid me, it can be a warning that I have to cut off some of my arrogance, or clip off some hurting words from my tongue. Yes, a crisis is often a wake-up call, and it is for me to discern what warning the Lord is sending. After coming to my senses, I need to recognize that I have sinned against the Father: “I have sinned against heaven and against you.” Then I must be ready to make amends: “I no longer deserve to be called your son. Treat me as one of your servants.” Often we accept our fault not because we have offended the Father but because we are caught. That is not true contrition. Like the lost son, I must acknowledge my sin and be ready for the consequences. To complete the turn around from sin to virtue, I need to “get up and go back to the Father.” After recognizing my fault, I need to take action and put into practice what I have resolved. 

We already noticed that the Father was waiting and watching the road. The son was still far, the Father already noticed him. “He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” What a warm welcome for a sinner. He did not allow the son to finish his rehearsed lines; he immediately showered him with love. Removed his filthy clothes of sin and clothed him with the “finest robe” of grace. Let him walk with the “sandals” of actual grace among the sons of God. “Put a ring on his finger,” restoring him to his rights as son. The ring, remember, contained the seal of the family possessions, enabling the son to make contracts, to buy and sell of family property. This was a complete restoration to the status of son. Such is God’s love, mercy and compassion; he forgives and forgets and restores us to the status of sons and daughters of God. How can we still doubt his love and forgiveness? The banquet at the table of God is the image of heaven. Sinful men and women being accepted into the table of God is made possible because God’s mercy endures forever and eternal is his merciful love. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen.

More posts about:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fray Dunstan Huberto Decena, OAR

Fray Hubert Dunstan Decena, OAR

Priest/Religious/Bible Professor of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno.

Leave a Comment

< 2020 >
September
SMTuWThFS
  1
  • All day
    September 1, 2020

    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

    NOVENA TO ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO BEGINS

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Francisco de Leon, D.D. (Diocese of Antipolo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Francisca de Sta. Maria, AR
    Sr. Placida Patrimonio, AR

2
  • All day
    September 2, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Miguel Miró (71st)
    Fray Federico Gregorio

3
  • All day
    September 3, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray James Erold Gatinao (simply prof.)
    Sr. Annielyn Alejado, AR
    Jay Warren Oberes (RAY-Balamban)
    Regina Kyle Regonas (RAY-Balamban)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1969-2020)
    Fray Hernando Coja

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Rosario Padilla, AR

4
  • All day
    September 4, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR OAR VOCATION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    SOLEMNITY OF OUR LADY OF CONSOLATION
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    OLCP- LARAY FIESTA MASS
    Time: 6:00 P.M.
    Presider: Fray Renie Villalino (Parish Priest)

    BIRTHDAY
    Ms. Brenda Saliendra, Sister General of the OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1993-2020)
    Fray Emilio Jaruda

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Melchora de Sta. Teresita de Jesus, AR
    Sr. Ma. Leonarda Muncada, AR

5
  • All day
    September 5, 2020

    CARES, BAGUIO CITY: MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (tentative date)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sixto Ciriaco Bitangjol
    Fray Tomokatsu Yamaguchi
    Camila Doctor (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Antonia Dinsay, AR

6
  • All day
    September 6, 2020

    55TH PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – DALIAO, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN
    Presider: Most Rev. Peter Liu (Bishop of Kaohsiung)

    OLCP- MIRANILA FIESTA MASS
    Time: 11:00 A.M.
    Presider: to be announced later

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray Rellyric Delos Santos
    Fray John Zachary Haguisan

7
  • All day
    September 7, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Regino Bangcaya
    Sr. Anita Manigo, AR

8
  • All day
    September 8, 2020

    BIRTHDAY OF MAMA MARY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray René Paglinawan
    Fray Monday Benjamine Edobor
    Sr. Alejandra Bendoval, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE & SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Loraine Lechago, OAR

9
  • All day
    September 9, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Arlyn de la Cruz, AR
    Laurence Canillo (RAY-Balamban)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1985-2020)
    Fray Dionisio Selma (Prior Provincial)

10
  • All day
    September 10, 2020

    SOLEMNITY OF ST. NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE
    Be reminded of the plenary indulgence we may obtain today!

    OPENING CELEBRATION OF THE FOURTH CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE PROVINCE OF SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO

    50th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLETOS DE PROVINCIALATE AS A COMMUNITY IN QUEZON CITY (Est. 1970)

    49th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF CSNT-R, TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL (F: 1971)

    FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – TALISAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
    Time: 10:00 A.M.
    Presider: Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, DD (Bishop of the Diocese of Bacolod)

    FIESTA MASS @ SNTP – QUEZON CITY
    Time: 6:00 P.M.
    Presider: to be announced later

    FIESTA MASS IN HONOR OF SAN NICOLAS DE TOLENTINO
    @ Kristo Rai Church, Saipan, CNMI Time: 6:00 A.M. (Saipan Time)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eufrocina Rusiana, AR
    Sr. Mary Grace Judith Alamares, AR

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1989-2020)
    Fray Francisco Antonio
    Fray Amadeo Lucero

11
  • All day
    September 11, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan
    Davic James Cabatingan (RAY-Valencia)
    Dianne Morales (RAY-Provincialate)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1998-2020)
    Fray Randolph Castulo Castillo
    Fray Charlito Orobia
    Fray Amado Emmanuel Bolilia
    Fray Jonathan Caballero

12
  • All day
    September 12, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jorr Rabacal
    Gerald Artates (RAY-Provincialate)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1992-2020)
    Fray Leander Barrot
    Fray Paulino Dacanay

13
  • All day
    September 13, 2020

    FIESTA MASS @ HOLY CROSS PARISH, TALIAO, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN
    Time: 3:00 P.M.
    Presider: Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos (Parish Priest)

    BIRTHDAY
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez, Brother General of the Order
    Robert John Navarro (RAY-Miranila)

    GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Fray Dionisio Cachero (1970-2020)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1997-2020)
    Fray Jose Ernil Almayo

14
  • All day
    September 14, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Lourdes Piccio, AR
    Sr. Floramae Lanuza, AR

15
  • All day
    September 15, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Anthony Morillo
    Fray James Bumangabang
    Beah Marie Ganarias (RAY-Bacolod)

16
  • All day
    September 16, 2020

    108th ANNIVERSARY OF RELIGIOSAS FAMILIAS

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Robin Ross Plata (deacon)
    Sr. Mary Ann Lumactao, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Angeles Gabutina, AR

17
  • All day
    September 17, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Julia Tamsi (RAY-Baguio)
    Most Rev. Socrates Mesiona, D.D. (Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa)

18
  • All day
    September 18, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Henry Santiago
    Sr. Ma. Ruth Gulane, AR

19
  • All day
    September 19, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    FEAST – ST. ALONSO DE OROZCO

    SOLEMN PROFESSION OF VOWS OF FRAY RAMON BITANCOR III

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla
    Fray Joel Alve

20
  • All day
    September 20, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Nena Labrague, AR
    Sr. Kristine Ignacio, AR
    Estella Marie Andador (RAY-Talisay)

21
  • All day
    September 21, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Alexus Mansueto

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Isabel Pantoja, AR
    Sr. Salvacion Olalo, AR
    Sr. Ma. Susana Quiñones, AR

22
  • All day
    September 22, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marietta Angelica Gunayan, AR
    Sr. Nancy Macaraig, AR
    Sr. Sheryl Garcia, AR
    Lebron Jay Bantog (RAY-Valencia)

23
  • All day
    September 23, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Vicente Ramon, Jr.

    ANNIVERSAY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Roberto Gaa (Diocese of Novaliches)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Sebastiana Jaropojop, AR
    Sr. Agustina Salcedo, AR

24
  • All day
    September 24, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sugarrey Rendajae (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1967-2020)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao

25
  • All day
    September 25, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lucita Mingueto, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Esperanza Heffler, AR

26
27
  • All day
    September 27, 2020

    106th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
    Theme: “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee”
    (Pope Francis’ Message: http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/papa-francesco_20200513_world-migrants-day-2020.html )

    2020 WORLD TOURISM DAY
    (cf. Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
    (Prefect’s Message:http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/sviluppo-umano- integrale/documents/rc_sviluppo-umano-integrale_20200806_messaggio-gm- turismo2020_it.html )

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Rafaela Paras, AR
    Sr. Damiana Tafalla, AR
    Sr. Ma. Melodina Ramirez, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Genoveva del Santissimo Sacramento, AR

28
  • All day
    September 28, 2020

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BLESSED MARTYRS OF JAPAN

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Bp. Peter Liu of Kaohsiung (Taiwan) [1994-2020]

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Iluminada Apurillo, AR

29
  • All day
    September 29, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roderick Deguit

30
  • All day
    September 30, 2020

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2017-2020)
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Fray Mark Saludes

   

Categories