"Do all for Love, nothing by force"

Jesus was harshly criticized by the Pharisees for associating with the sinners and even for eating with them. He responded by telling three parables in today’s Gospel, that of the Lost Sheep, lost Coin and the Prodigal Son. All three emphasize that God cares about each one of us and doesn’t want any of us to be lost. We get lost when we
commit sin and wander off in the wrong direction. However, God is not going to find us if we do not want to be found. The prodigal son had “come to his senses” and turned back to his father before he could discover his father’s love and that his father was waiting for him all along.

God gives us freedom to walk away from him, and it’s in freedom that we must choose to return. Once we decide to do that, God is there waiting for us ready to forgive. Why does God give us so much freedom? It’s because love can only exist in an environment of freedom. St. Francis de Sales taught, “Do all for love, nothing by force.”

 

 

Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS
Pastor, SJN