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May 25


REBUILD

Together as a community, as we discern the truth and as we reflect in solitude to unlearn our internal biases, let us be mindful of the words of Pope Francis:

"A love capable of transcending borders is the basis of what in every city and country can be called 'social friendship.' Genuine social friendship within a society makes true universal openness possible." (Fratelli Tutti, No. 99).

Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord Jesus, Master Teacher, and Saviour,

Guide us to lead and serve the poor, vulnerable, and one another in your image and likeness. Give us the courage and strength to reconcile relationships that need care and healing, and nurture us to Rebuild, Restore and Renew together, now, and always.

For this, we ask your blessings. Amen.

Listen: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 15:11-32)Glory to you, O Lord.

Then Jesus said, "There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.' So, he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So, he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands."' So, he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!' And they began to celebrate.

Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.' Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, 'Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!' Then the father said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.'"

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection

    This parable by Jesus gives us some great questions to reflect upon.  What is your reaction to the son returning home?  What is your reaction to the father's response?  What is your reaction to the older son's reaction?

We pray: Loving Father, you call us to love you and each other. As we reflect on the theme of restoring, help us to be kind and gentle to others. Help us to love ourselves, our neighbours, and our planet.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.