Fr. Bob’s homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle C
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time C
The Pharisees really ticked off Jesus. They made one simple statement. “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” It is a true statement as we have just heard from Luke, “Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” It is a loaded statement, but a true one. But it clearly strikes a nerve in Jesus. He responds with three parables, a cascading response that does not defend himself from the charge, but explains why he has chosen this path.
First in the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus shows us a divine response. “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” God is not happy with a 99% retention rate. God rescues the lost, not…
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