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Created and redeemed, we belong entirely to God, our lavish giver.

A DOUBLE TITLE
 
Created and redeemed, we belong entirely to God, our lavish giver.  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
We pray today in the responsorial psalm. Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. Look to the Lord in his strength; seek to serve Him, for we belong to our God.
 
Jesus in today's Gospel is using parables. He is not just talking about sheep and coins. He is talking about God's people, people who are infinitely more precious to God than a lost sheep to a shepherd or a lost coin to a woman looking all through the house. We are those people. Jesus went out in search for those of us who were lost, and brought us back home to our Heavenly Father.
 
We belong to God by a double title. First, God created us. He brought us into being without any merit of our own. Life is Our Father's great gift to us.
 
Secondly, God through His Son has redeemed us. Even though we were devoid of any worth or merit as a sinful people, God looked upon us with love and chose to reconcile us to Himself. In doing so He freely gave us the means to everlasting life. Created and redeemed, we belong entirely to God, our lavish giver. What a great gift! We belong to God in the sense that as intelligent, loving beings we are responsible to Him. God has a right to our love and loyalty in somewhat the same way in which good parents and grandparents have a right to the devotion of their children.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Surely we have nothing to claim as our own. Everything comes to us from our God. That is why St. Paul tells us in the first reading today that, "We who worship through the Spirit of God, who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in the flesh," Even though we do have confidence in the flesh. We belong entirely to God!
 
 
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