HOMILY DEC 6, 2020
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
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What do we notice about how the slate is cleaned?
A. the son returned and Saw his father face to face
Verse 18: “Coming to his senses he thought ... I shall get up and go to my father”
Verse 20: “So he got up and went back to his father”
B. the son had the Courage to name his sin
Verse 21: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son”
C. The son Risks the vulnerability of letting himself be seen in his repentance
D. The Father sees the son long before the son sees the father
Verse 20: “While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him”
2,000 years ago pilgrims would travel early in the morning, before the heat of the day or from mid-afternoon to sunset, after the heat of the day
E. The father sees the son differently than the son fears
Verse 20: “his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion”
F. The father takes the initiative
Verse 20: “He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him”
G. None of the son’s fears come to fruition
Verse 19: “I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”
H. Do You want a clean slate?
Imagine if you could see God face to face?
Imagine if you could name sin specifically?
Imagine if you could risk the vulnerability
to let yourself be seen?
God is waiting for you, just as was the father
God sees you differently than you fear
God is taking the initiative, reaching out to you
None of what you fear will come to fruition
I. Next week, How could he the clean slate?
How could we see God face to face?
Where do we need the courage to name sin specifically?
Where do we need the courage to risk the vulnerability to let ourselves be seen?
Where is God is waiting for us, just as was the father?
Where does God sees us differently than we fear?
How is God taking the initiative, reaching out to us?
Where will none of what we fear will come to fruition?
J. Trust the process. Let’s all do the homework.
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Look inside your heart?
What’s there now?