October 25, 2020
56. Week of Second Sunday after Epiphany - Saturday
Prodigal son
          Likewise there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents.   Luke 15:7
          A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father: "Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me." And he divided to them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and journeyed into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and worked for a citizen of that country who sent him into the fields to feed pigs. And he would willingly have filled his stomach with the husks that the pigs ate; but no one gave him anything. And when he came to his senses, he said: "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired servants." And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and put his arms around him, and kissed him. And the son said to him: "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am not worthy to be called your son." But the father said to his servants: "Bring forth the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it; and let us eat and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found." And they began to be merry. (Luke 15:11-24.)
          Jesus spoke this parable. "Likewise there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repents." You may be perfectly sure that God receives you, when, trusting Jesus and His Word, you come to your heavenly Father, against whom you have so often offended. Jesus Himself brings you to the Father through His Word and Holy Spirit.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, when I have sinned, yes, when I have strayed and lost my way, and fallen grievously, then do not leave me, O my Saviour, but create repentance within me through Your Word and Holy Spirit, so that I say: "I will arise and go to my Father, and will say to Him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before You, and am not worthy to be called Your son." Lead me thus to the Father, my Saviour, who has atoned for me with Your blood and death, and intercede for me. Then the Father shall surely receive me, and love and caress me, and make me His child for time and eternity. Leave me not, Lord Jesus, leave me not, until I reach Your Father's eternal mansions. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 25, 2020