A young man was feeding pigs on an empty stomach. He wished hecould eat at least the pods given to the pigs. But no one gave him anything.Then he began to count all the luxuries in his father's house that he had lostthrough foolishness. The younger of the two sons of a rich father, he hadclaimed his share from his father and left home to live as he pleased. Leading alife of luxury with his friends, he squandered all the money in a short while.Finally he got hired to feed a herd of pigs - animals considered most unclean by the Jews. Thoughts of his father's house led him to repentance. He desired togo back to his father.
                    He decided,'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 calledyour son; treat me like one of your hired hands” He got up and went to his  father. he was awaiting the return of his son. He recognized the son from a long way off. Running to him the father put his arms around him and kissed him. He ordered his servants to give him fresh clothes, shoes, and a ring and to prepare a feast for him. The father restored to this prodigal son everything he had lost (Lk. 15: 11- 24). 
                     Through this 'parable of the prodigal son' Jesus illustrates the infinitemercy of God towards sinners who repent. Jesus reveals to us the great love of God the Father who awaits patiently the return of sinners and who is merciful towards those who repent


    Parable of the Lost Sheep


                     Jesus is the pherd who goes in search of lost sheep. 'So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having hundred sheep and losing one ofthem, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbo rs, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost'.Just so I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents tha n over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (LK15: 3- 7). Pharisees who accused him of eating with uses this parable as an illustration for the scribes and nners and tax collectors. Through this he also reveal that there will be great rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents


    Parable of the Lost Coin


                   Jesus reveals the depth of this joy through another parable, that of the lost coin. A woman has ten valuable coins. If she were to lose one of them, she would not overlook it. She would search frantically for it. Once she finds it she would call her friends and neighbours to rejoice with her. The joy in heaven over one sinner who repents is similar to the joy of the woman who finds her lost coin. (Lk. 15: 8- 10).

    A Sinful Woman Forgiven


                           One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee's house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who  was a sinner, having learned that he was there, brought an albaster jar of ointment. She knelt behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now, when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself  “If this man were a prophet, he wouldhave known who and what kind of woman this is, who is touching him, that she is a sinner.” Jesus spoke up and said to him  Simon, I have something to say to you.”“Teacher”, he replied, “Speak.” “A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denari and the other, fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debts for both of them. Now, which of them will love him more?  Simon answered cI suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged rightly.”
                             Then turning towards the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You didnot anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” Then he said to her,“Your sins are forgiven” (Lk. 7: 36- 49). These words of Jesus show us, how merciful God is towards repentant sinners.

    The Woman Caught in Adultery


                       Once, Jesus was teaching in the temple. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her standbefore all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with hisfinger on the ground.


                 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they?Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one   (Jn 8:1- 11). 


              Jesus saved this woman who should have been stoned to death according to the law of Moses, from death as well as from t he ways of sin.  Jesus, who comes in search of sinners and blesses them with forgiveness, asks one thing from such people: “Sin no more”. Let us try not to sin ever. Ifever we sin, let us immediately turn back to Jesus in repentance  We will then enjoy the peace and bliss of  our merciful God.

    Let us Pray


    O! Jesus, who came in search of sinners, we confess our
    sins like the prodigal son. Help us to meditate on your teachings and reach eternal life by leading a life according to them.

    Read the Word of God and Narrate


    Luke. 15:1-31

    Word of God for our Guidance


    "There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
    than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no
    repentance." (Luke. 15:7)

    Let us do


    Read the parable of the prodigal son and present
    it in the form of a short play.

    My Decision

    I will receive the sacrament of reconcilation as soon as
    I happen to commit a sin.