Even though in todayâ€™s Gospel there are problems, the main theme is to Rejoice! A shepherd cares so much for one lost sheep that he leaves ninety-nine behind in the wilderness. A woman expends significant energy to find her lost coin, and then hosts a party that likely costs her more than the coin is worth. A father showers gifts upon his disrespectful, wasteful son, simply because the kid shows up. Such are the ways of God. Receiving and being open to mercy is our destiny, we are at our best in receiving the mercy of God and the forgiveness of another. Rejoicing Father, You celebrate when one of your lost children is found because no one is worthless to you. We stand humbled and in awe that you would count us among your most prized possessions. Give us eyes to see the priceless value of every living soul, for the sake of the one who became human for the sake of our souls, Jesus Christ our seeker. Amen.
With the support of Cruse and St Giles Hospice, as well as large number of volunteer, we are providing a bereavement support service at Sacred Heart every Friday, 10 â€“ 12am. It is open to parishioners and non-parishioners alike.