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Weekly Reflection

Jesus Welcomes Sinners

09-15-2019 © LPi

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain…"

In this Sunday's Gospel, we learn the context for the forthcoming parables about the lost and found. A great mixed crowd surrounds Jesus. The religious elite are present, along with all manner of local lowlifes. The Pharisees seem a bit upset that this wasn't the lecture series they were hoping for. Why would Jesus welcome sinners?

Jesus responds as if it's the most obvious thing in the world. "Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep … rejoice because I have found the coin that I lost … let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine … was lost, and has been found!" Each of the parables features a dramatic example. Of 99 sheep, one has gone astray. Of 10 coins, one has gone missing. The welcomed son has previously been a covetous scoundrel. Jesus' point to the Pharisees is clear. If the Gospel really is "good news," if our faith really has the power to save, why wouldn't we want everyone drawing near? Why wouldn't we do everything in our power to eke out that possibility for every single person, no matter where they have wandered? After all, if this message is not of value to everyone, why is it of value to anyone?


Upcoming Events

Kevin's Place

Sep 22, 2019: 1:00pm

Providing a FREE Community meal the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 1:00pm at St. Peter Hall


St. Michael the Archangel Holy Hour

Sep 23, 2019: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

It will now be held at St. Peter Church

Adoration, silence, scriptural rosary, & litany to Christ the high priest

Holy Rosary Society Triduum

Oct 6, 2019 - Oct 8, 2019

Sun, Oct 6 - Tue, Oct 8


Children’s and Family Rosary Group

Oct 6, 2019: 7:45am (weekly)

Sundays at 7:45am at St. Peter/Francis beginning Sun, Oct 6

This prayer group allows participation of children of all ages. It is a unique opportunity for the children of our parish and families to come together to pray.


Kevin's Place

Oct 13, 2019: 1:00pm

Providing a FREE Community meal the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, 1:00pm at St. Peter Hall