Today’s scripture readings speak about things and people being lost. But before I share a reflection on the passages, today is 9/11 and on that horrible day here in the United States, many lives were lost. It will never make sense to me how anyone could have so much hate to want to kill in the name of a most loving and merciful God. My hope is that all who were lost are now found, living with our Heavenly Father, in His glory for all eternity. Amen.
In the first reading from Exodus 32:7-14, God’s children were lost. God had brought them out of their slavery in Egypt and they thank God by worshiping a molten calf. God is not pleased and wants to wipe them out but through the pleading of Moses, God relents from punishing them. Message to me: Never give up praying and pleading to God for the people we care about who seem to be lost and distant from God.
In the Responsorial Psalm 51, King David was lost in sin. He pours out his repentant heart to God in this amazing Psalm of repentance. The Response itself is the answer for us when we are also lost. It says … “I will rise and go to my Father.”
Saint Paul in the second reading from 1 Timothy 1:12-17 shares how he was lost prior to being called to be the Apostle to the Gentiles when he said … “I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:”
The Gospel of Luke 15:1-32 talks first about losing one sheep out of a hundred. Jesus likens the lost sheep to a sinful person. He will search until He finds that one sheep and brings it back into the flock. Jesus then adds … “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep. I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”
A woman has 10 coins and loses one. She searches and searches and when she finally finds the coin, she calls her friends and neighbors together to rejoice with her. It sounds like a party to me. Again, Jesus likens this parable to a lost sinner who repents when He says … “In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Lastly, there is the story of the Prodigal Son. He takes his father’s inheritance, squanders it in sin, returns to the father for mercy and is completely forgiven and a great feast is thrown for the wayward son. Message to me: If I should get lost, I will rise and go to my Father. Amen