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<< Sunday, September 16, 2001 >> 24th Sunday Ordinary Time
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
1 Timothy 1:12-17

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Psalm 51
Luke 15:1-32

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"He set off for his father's house. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was deeply moved. He ran out to meet him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him." —Luke 15:20

The prodigal son's older brother did not forgive his brother. The older brother was angry (Lk 15:28). He excluded himself from the family's celebration of his brother's return (Lk 15:28). He was so alienated from his father that he refused to call his father "father" (see Lk 15:29-30). The older brother did not see himself as a beloved son but as a slave of his father (Lk 15:29). Although everything the Father had was his (Lk 15:31), he felt deprived and could not recall receiving even a kid goat from his father (Lk 15:29). The older brother refused to acknowledge his brother as his brother. He referred to him as "this son of yours" (Lk 15:30). Finally, he accused his brother of blowing his inheritance on "loose women," although he had not talked to his brother to receive that information (Lk 15:30).

If we don't forgive, "all hell breaks loose" — anger, alienation, family breakdown, self-pity, false accusations, gossip, and other "tortures" (see Mt 18:34). If we don't forgive, we are lost and on the road to death (see Lk 15:32) and self-destruction. Receive God's grace now to forgive everyone for every sin committed against you.

Prayer: Father, forgive me as I forgive those who keep trespassing against me (Mt 6:12).
Promise: "You can depend on this as worthy of full acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." —1 Tm 1:15
Praise: Praise the risen Jesus, the God of forgiveness, mercy, and love!
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, February 13, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 20, 2001
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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