Cycle C

Good News C42

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


 Luke 15:1-32 New American Bible

Luke 15:1-32 New International Version Bible Gateway



Think about a time in your life when you lost something.  Perhaps a toy, a quarter your Grandpa gave you, your homework, or your skateboard. You your pockets, under the pile of toys in your closet, outside near the picnic table.  If your neighbor was out in the yard, you asked them if they had seen it.  Then you asked your brother or sister to help you look for it.  You asked God to send St. Anthony to help you.  You may have said, “St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come round.  Something’s lost and cannot be found.” When you get to heaven, you will find all of the missing items:  socks, keys, wallets, money, library books, homework, etc. What is so strange is then you won’t need them anymore!  As long as you have God and are in His good graces, you have everything you need. 

          Each time you ask forgiveness of God when you are truly sorry for what you have done, God rejoices.  He is so happy.  To God it is like you were lost and then found. When you are forgiven by God and by other people, it fills you with deep joy and peace.  If you are having trouble telling God you are sorry, talk with Him about it.  If you are having trouble forgiving yourself or others, talk to God about it.  There is nothing too small to ask God about.  There is nothing too big for God.  He can handle anything.  Remember you are his child and he loves you very much.  Talk with him about any and every concern that you have.  He knows your weaknesses and your strengths.  He will show you a clear path if you ask him.  Then you will know where to go, what to do, and what to say.  He will always guide you.  His love is in you and surrounds you every second of every day!  If you are lost, ask God to find you.  He knows right where you are!

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you wisdom to look for him when you are lost.  Pray for others who seem to be lost.  Ask God to search and find all of your relatives and friends who are having trouble finding the right path.      


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”




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