Pharisees and scribes, still suspicious of Jesus, complain about
him associating with sinners. So he tells them these three
Welcome to the Website of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg,
PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
Please join our parish family in worship as we give glory to God
and pray for one another.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
kingdom in our part of the community. Please browse through our
site and learn more about our parish.
We invite you and welcome you, in the Holy Name of Jesus.
Very Rev. Edward J.
|We welcome all
resident visitors to become members of our Parish.
For our online registration form,
Click Here for
information on volunteering at the parish & school
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 15, 2019
In the first story, the parable of The Lost Sheep, the shepherd
leaves behind the 99 sheep to search for the 1 lost sheep. When
he finds it, the shepherd rejoices not alone as in Matthew's
version, but with friends and neighbors. In the same way, God
rejoices more over 1 sinner who repents—like the outcasts who
have come to hear Jesus—than over the 99 righteous like the
Pharisees and scribes.
The second story, about a poor woman who will not stop searching
until she finds her lost coin, makes the same point. Why are the
Pharisees complaining? They should rejoice when the lost are
Finally we come to what is probably the most memorable parable
in the Gospels, the story we know as The Prodigal Son. Just as
in The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin, this story (found only in
Luke) is really about the seeker. The loving father is at the
center of this parable. Even though his son runs off with his
father's inheritance and squanders the money, the father waits
for him, hoping for his return. Upon his son's return, the
father, “full of compassion,” runs out to embrace and forgive
him before the son can utter one word of repentance. At this
point the rejoicing
The parable does not end there. Rather, it makes one more point
about the older son's reaction. This son who never left, just
like the Pharisees and scribes who feel they are righteous,
refuses to enter his father's house to join in the rejoicing. He
has served his father. He has obeyed him. Perhaps it was not out
of love. The father's response teaches us that God's care and
compassion extend to the righteous and sinner alike. When we are
lost, God doesn't wait for our return. He actively seeks us out.
And when the lost are found, how could we not celebrate and
- Excerpted from Sunday Connection, Loyola Press