Wednesday, March 2, 2016

We Must Celebrate and Rejoice

The son who stayed at home resented his father's welcoming the prodigal son back home.  (15:1-3, 11-32)  The Pharisees and scribes resented Jesus' welcoming tax-collectors and sinners.  Some Catholic bishops, priests, and lay people resent our considering welcoming divorced and remarried faithful to communion.  The father in Jesus' parable says to the resentful son, "We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come back to life, was lost and has been found."  If the resentful son had stayed home, not out of obligation, but out of love for his father, he would surely have learned mercy from his father.

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