Pope Francis is increasingly being referred to as a ‘Prophet’. We know that in many sections of some communities he is unpopular. I am not sure that popularity is written into the job description for the Papal Office. He recently spoke about the seeming reaction to his teaching and actions, particularly the negative ones and assured us that he can cope.
It struck me that the opening line of the Gospel this week might apply to him as they did to the other prophet, Jesus.
“The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say…”
“The Pharisees and the scribes complained…”
Much earlier in Luke (7:29-30) we read:
“All the people and tax agents had heard…”
“But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected God’s plan…”
It reminds me of the oft. quoted phrase: “Let the one with ears to hear, listen.”
And all that is important to understand the three parables that follow. All try to remind us about the wonderful truth of our God as revealed in the scripture and hopefully in each of our lives:
- God loves us
- We are his daughters and sons
- We are not slaves as both sons thought, in vastly different ways and alienated themselves from their loving Father, but in different ways.
He has come to seek out the lost; our media highlights the huge numbers of lost in sometimes very graphic ways. We have a twenty-four-hour lifeline…Call upon our merciful Father…
And found we are, when we genuinely listen for his voice.