Homily for Thursday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: God doesn’t want to lose us
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Thursday November 7 2019
(Lk. 15:1-10) Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus is confronted by the scribes and Pharisees regarding the sinners and tax collectors who were gathering around Him. They were scandalized by Jesus’ actions of welcoming sinners. They thought that Jesus was being different from them in dealing with sinners. Sinners are outcasts and shun upon because being with them makes you one with them.
Indeed JESUS was different. He sent the message by telling them two parables: the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. Everyone is important to JESUS. He went as far as confessing the joy of the Father in seeing the conversion of even one sinner. Not that the Father did not care for the others. They are already with Him. Remember what the Father told the elder son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son?
“Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.” (Lk. 15:31)
And what did the Father told Him about his brother after that?
“But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.” (Lk. 15:32)
The parables speak for themselves. God loves each and everyone of us. He loves us even when offend and reject Him. He does not want to lose us. He created us and wanted us to enjoy His love and His life there in His Kingdom.
Was it not enough that His Son became one like us? He was God yet He humbled Himself and became human. The Word is made flesh. It did not stop there. He was born not with kings and in palaces but in a manger from a simple woman and a humble carpenter for a foster father. He was relatively poor. He taught in synagogues, houses, public places, mountains, with twelve disciples in tow living basically out of the generosity of supporters. He was rejected, cursed, disowned, and later arrested, tortured, and crucified. We know the story. Jesus died on the cross for us. He who was without sin offered His life for our redemption. We may not have asked for it, but God will not endure our lost situation.
Who was it who had made the most sacrifice for you? Your friend? Your mother or father? Your wife or husband? Is it not true that as much as we owed them, we serve and love them? They are the least we want to offend or inflict pain on however minute. We have to translate this in our relationship with God. We owe JESUS. We owe God. He is joyful when we sinners return to Him. Let us discover the reason for God’s joy. Let us share that joy.