What was lost is now found, alleluia! Today’s Gospel is about joy: a lost sheep is found, a lost coin is found and a lost son is found. In all three cases, the sheep, coin or son could have been written off. After all, the shepherd had 99 other sheep, the woman had nine other coins, and the father had another son! He could have washed his hands of the son who had treated him so badly and offended everything the father stood for. He could have decided that he just needed to be happy with the son who was faithful to him. He couldn’t and he wouldn’t. People who care, don’t write other people off, rather they focus on them. God does not give up on us; He calls us by name, seeking us out individually. He never gives up on those who have been far from the faith or from morality. He calls us all into the joy of His Presence, the Joy of the Banquet of the Lord. The return of those who have had been away is a time for celebration. The cause of their leaving no longer matters. They have returned. The family is back together. Therefore we need to celebrate.
WORLD WEEK FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL 15– 22 September 2019 You are invited to join a silent prayer vigil in church for half an hour after the 6pm Mass on Saturday 21st September. It is as vital as ever to pray for a just peace in the Holy Land, which some from the parish have visited on pilgrimage. 21st September is also International Peace Day.
Pax Christi Prayer 2019: ‘From the land of two peoples and three faiths the call to prayer and reflection is essential. How we remember the needs of Palestine & Israel, how this is brought to our faith communities, how we pray for understanding are important.’ Take part in the World Week of Prayer for Palestine and Israel – each year a different theme is taken as a focus for education, prayer and action. Resources can be found here: http://bit.ly/1jrRZhU