by Fr Mbongiseni Khuluse
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1st reading Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
The chosen people of God rebel against God. They created their own god, an idol, that they worshipped saying “this is our god who freed us from slavery. God told Moses that since they are thick headed He will destroy them. Moses intervened on their behalf, so we can say that he resembled Christ who intervened for mankind. This was a glimpse of salvation, God remembering His promise to Abraham and Isaac. God revealing His unending love for His people, that even if they have sinned against Him yet He totally forgives them.
2nd reading 1 Timothy 1:12-17
St Paul talks about the saving power of salvation that was shown to him, as he regards himself the greatest sinner. The grace of God, the love of God that was shown to him transformed him into a new creature. He says Christ showed his endurance through him so that he can be an example of the power of salvation. He emphasises that Christ’s teaching is truthful and worthy of being received by all.
Gospel Luke 15:1-32
Christ the good Shepard
The mystery of immerse love, the love of God portrayed through the parable of the prodigal son is who in the abundance of love he left home for a distant town. After he has finished his share of his inheritance he suffered. Remembering the love of his father he made a decision “I’ll go home and as for forgiveness from my father” what a sound decision…. When he was mile away from home his father noticed him, he ordered his servants to prepared a feast, in celebration of what was lost but now has been found what was dead but now is alive. The Climax of the parable is when the elder son refuses to enter home since his brother has returned home. In the real sense the elder son is the prodigal son, even though he has been home loyal to his father but still plan prodigal in his heart. Just like us when a fellow brother or sister repent we are the first one to judge, criticise. We are govern by the holier than thou attitude.