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  •        Pastors Homily

    24th Sunday

    Homily September 10th/11th
    God is always seeking the lost; God wishes to find the lost.
    God is always seeking the lost; God wishes to find the lost.  We have 3 stories on something or someone who is lost and the joy of finding who or what was lost.  We have a lost sheep; a lost coin, and a lost son.  There is then joy in finding the lost items and the lost son.

    Today, I would like to emphasize that is God Who takes the initiative.  It is God Who first does the seeking.  It is God Who first finds what is lost or who is lost.  These stories are meant for the scribes and Pharisees who complain about Jesus:  “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  The new revelation to the Jewish religious leaders is God’s Mercy is extended to sinners.  God’s Mercy embraces sinners.

    Briefly to describe the 3 stories:  We have the Good Shepherd who leaves 99 sheep in the desert and goes looking for the lost sheep.  Eventually, he finds it; upon arriving home he throws a big celebration for his friends and neighbors because the lost sheep has been found.  Luke then comments that in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who have no need of repentance.  Luke focuses on the shepherd and the extreme measures the shepherd had employed to find the lost sheep.


    In the second story, there is the lost coin.  Again the emphasis is on the extreme measures the woman took to find a mere penny.  Luke again comments that there will be great rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  Jesus emphasizes the woman’s intense efforts to find the lost coin.

    Finally, we have the third story.  Possibly, we can say it is the story of two lost sons.  Both are lost in their own ways.  The younger son leaves home, squanders his share of the inheritance, and returns home broke and defeated.  Rather than rejecting his son, the father lovingly accepts him back, no questions asked.  The elder son, however, rejects both his brother and his father.  What he longs for most he already has:  his father’s love.  But this is something that can never be earned.  Like forgiveness, that father’s love is a free gift always available to the elder son.  Will the elder son ever go into the celebration?  The father reaches out to him but what will he do?

    When we hear the third story depending on our circumstances at the time sometimes we are called to identify with one of the 3 characters.  Maybe I am called to repent like the prodigal son.  Sometimes I am called to forgive and reach out like the loving father.  Other times, like the elder brother we are invited to enter a celebration and re-establish a relationship.

    Let us place our faith in the Loving Father who seeks to find each of us when we are lost.  Let us open our hearts to Him. 


     

     
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    With so much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus and increasing recommendations to avoid crowds and take proper safety precautions, we wanted to remind you that we have options in place now that you can use today. This option is an ideal way to support the parish and our mission should you elect to stay home and worship.

    Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the church. This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions. It also enables our church to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient.

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    Online Giving is intended to be a convenient tool for you to use, and we strongly support both Online Giving and Offering Envelopes for contributions to the parish. Online Giving is the electronic way to participate in weekly offertory.

     

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  • Sick & Hospitalized

    Please remember in your  prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially :
     

    Ryan Amato, Rondell Atwater,
    The Baileys Family, Freida Bailey,
    Carol Bert, Joyce Bican,
    Chester Betliskey,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, April Cipo,
    Bonnie Donovan, 
    James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski, Bobbie Deccola, Joseph Deccola,  Katherine Dolniar, Betty Domorasky, Mary Florek, Shelley Forbes, Jim Geller,
    Liz Humar, Jacob Jackson,
    Chris Jackson, Marcedia Johnson,

    The Jorski Family, Patti Kicielinski,  Sharon Krzynowek, Stanley  Loszak, Stefania Loszak, Grant Kaurich,
    Barbie Laboy, Amy Latawiec,
    Richard Leonard, Ann Marie Medve,  Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Nikki Milton, Keenan Montgomery,
    Joe Morrish, Dorothy Morchak,
    Donna Murrin, Dorsel Nicholas,
    Diane Nicholas,  Louis Novak,
    Art Novotny, Joe Oravec,
    Eleanor Peshek,  Patricia Rhine,
    Joel Rivera, Colleen Schmerick,
    Bob Seneff  Jr., Carolyn Seneff,
    Karen Seneff, 
    Norman Seneff,
    Tony Seneff, 
    Earl Sheets,
    Josephine Sindelar,
    Eileen Skiba, 
    Margaret Slechta, James SLechta, Chuck Slusarczyk, Nancy Slusarczyk, Russ Smith, Peggy Snyder,
    Kellie Span, 
    Barbara Sposet,
    Michael Sposet, 
    Elaine Stack,
    Robert Stack, Iren Sundstrom,

    Marilyn Siwek, 
    Eugenia Vainberg, 
    Betty Wilson,
    Greg Wisniewski Melanie Womble and Carl Zelenskas.