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HOMILY DEC 6, 2020

Updated: Dec 15, 2020


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HOMILY NOTES


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

towards reconciliation

  • 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.

  • Podcasts daily (during this series): www.ourladyoftheisle.com

  • Want them delivered to your phone (via text) or email? www.marktoups.com.

  • Today’s homework:

  1. Look inside your heart?

  2. What’s there now?

  3. What do you want to say to the Lord?


K. Going deeper

  • Watch Why We Confess

  • www.htdiocese.org/whyweconfess

  • Password is “wwc”

  • 3-part video teaching on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

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