Saints Peter and Paul were both rescued—literally—one from prison and the other from prosecution, at least for a while. They illustrate the deliverance the psalmist testifies to for those believers who call on the Lord, as indeed they did: “I have kept the faith”; “you are the Christ.” But they were saved for something and strengthened for something: to witness to and spread the Good News. We are saved for the same reason: not only for refuge but for mission.
The Israelites mark the end of their exodus from Egyptian slavery to the promised land they way they began it: with a Passover meal, the meal of God’s deliverance. Having passed over the Jordan River as they passed through the Red Sea, they stop eating the food of exile and eat instead the food of their homeland and so “taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” “For our sake he made him to be sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him,” writes Saint Paul. Why did Jesus “become sin”? Christ becomes and identifies with what we are—humans capable of sin—so that God’s redemption may draw us to become like Christ. God intervenes to reconcile the world through Christ and therefore gives us in turn the ministry of reconciliation we are to exercise as Christ’s ambassadors. Such reconciliation manifests itself in the “prodigal” love of the father, which overcomes both one son’s leaving the family and another’s resentment. God’s love overwhelms our transgressions. Homily points Being made new is a highly desirable state, especially if we’re honest about the old self. Rituals of newness, including circumcision and baptism, are marks of spiritual maturity. The two brothers in the parable both need to grow up. Their understanding of their father affects their ability to achieve maturity. If we believe in the God of compassion, we can be quite fearless about leaving the old self behind.Restricted