Readings for Sunday, September 15, 2019 — 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32
Suggested Reflection Questions:
- The people under Moses’ leadership and God’s protection have strayed from the path of holiness by making themselves an image of a calf and claiming it as their god. Moses intercedes on behalf of the people, who have forsaken him when God grows angry at their disobedience. What can the exchange between God and Moses teach us about the importance of intercessory prayer?
- In his first letter to Timothy, Paul brings up the extent of his sinful past and the merciful forgiveness he has received through Christ Jesus. Paul is an example of the abundant grace of God. He spent most of his life persecuting Christians but upon his conversion, he has become a passionate apostle. What can we learn from Paul’s example? How can his story change the way we view those who persecute the Church and do violence to practicing Christians throughout the world? Have you ever seen someone had a sinful past yet turned it around?
- Jesus says that there is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than there is over 99 righteous souls that have no need of repentance. What do the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son demonstrate about God’s mercy? Since God is merciful and just, can we also see evidence of God’s justice in these stories? How can we mimic God’s ways in our everyday life?