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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Joshua 5:9-12)
After the Israelites cross over into the Promised Land, the Lord tells Joshua that they had finally gotten over the disgrace of Egypt. In Canaan at last, they celebrated the Passover and began to live off the produce of the land instead of the manna that God had provided in the wilderness.
Beginning by noting the happiness of forgiven sin, the Psalmist recalls his burden of sin and how it was forgiven when he confessed it to the Lord. While he is our saviour in times of trouble, we are responsible to listen to and obey divine instruction, confident of his steadfast love as we do.
Second Reading (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
Paul writes that those who are reconciled to God through Christ are actually new creatures entering into a new reality. The sinless Christ was made sin so that we sinners could be made righteous. Paul considers himself, as a preacher of this message, to be Christ’s ambassador.
Gospel (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32)
Jesus explains his socializing with sinners by telling the parable of a man with two sons. The older is obedient while the younger runs away from home and squanders his inheritance. When he finally returns home, his father is delighted to have him back, but his brother can only sulk.
- God’s salvation involves a new kind of existence for the redeemed
- Confession/repentance is good for the soul
- God has provided a way for our sin to be dealt with in order for us to be reconciled to him
- God has taken the initiative in saving sinners and delights in their return to him
- Sin is a burden not worth carrying