The Gospel passage we have read forms an entire chapter in the Gospel of Luke.  It is made up of three parables: lost sheep, lost coin, lost son.  The liturgy gives us two options—whether to read the whole chapter or only the first two parables (Luke 15:1–10).  However, all three parables taken together are Jesus’ […]

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BORN TO BE FREE! There is something heartwarming in today’s readings, particularly in Paul’s letter to Philemon (2nd reading). Paul, by then an old man in prison, waxes paternal and solicitous for the welfare of both Philemon and the runaway slave Onesimus. As the law would prescribe, Paul sends him right back to Philemon, but […]

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