Season of Acceptance

Season of Acceptance, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers the 22-26th Weeks of Ordinary Time. The Radio Show airs September 2013 on Catholic radio KDUA. Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock, The Gospel reveals how God accepts those who are “unacceptable” by the world’s standards.  The Season of Acceptance uses parables to understand who is accepted into the Kingdom of God.  It gleans the parables from the Gospel of Luke.  The parables have a multipurpose and allow for the growth that takes place in each hearer of the Word.  See outline and references below. 

Outline of the Season of Acceptance

The Word of the Lord is clear to those who know him; parables have a multipurpose and allow for the growth that takes place in each hearer of the Word.

The connection or theme of the Gospels of this section of the liturgical calendar is the acceptance by God of the “unacceptable” by the world’s standards.  Mercy triumphs over justice.

The continuing words to Timothy show the encouragement found in the Lord.  Solace is always found in the Lord

As the harvest is complete the season of the Church shows the harvesting as Jesus nears Jerusalem, gleaning every morsel of truth for the person who follows up, and lingers.

Contrition is needed to turn back into the Lord’s graces—the Prodigal Son gives hope to the wayward but make no mistake—the son had to be contrite and return even though he did not “expect” the embrace of his Father.

Segment is wrapped up the with personal stories of using the parable of the Prodigal Son

Closing blessing

References for Season of Acceptance:

Please note that CCC refers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation, 2nd Edition,©1994, 1997. United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. [see link]

New American Bible readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]

Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission.   All rights reserved.  

CCC glossary; “PARABLES: A characteristic feature of the teaching of Jesus. Parables are simple images or comparisons which confront the hearer or reader with a radical choice about his invitation to enter the Kingdom of God (546).”  P.891

CCC 546 … “Through his parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give everything.[ Cf. Mt 13:44-45; 22:1-14. ]”

Luke 14:13-14 if you invite the poor you will be blessed
Quotation: “The banquet scene is found only in Luke and provides the opportunity for teachings of Jesus on humility and presents a setting to display Luke’s interest in Jesus’ attitude toward the rich and the poor.”  Footnote reference, New American Bible, for Luke 14, 7-14.  Copyright by World Bible Publishers, Inc., 1987.

Quotation: “Ancient dinner parties sometimes called attention to the social rank of the invited guests and the esteem in which their host held them.  In the early second century, Pliny, a Roman of illustrious background, wrote to a friend about his experience at a dinner given by an acquaintance.  Depending on social status and the degree of friendship between each and the host, the different guests received food and drink of different quality.” James L. Weaver. Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2007, United States Edition ©Archdiocese of Chicago. 2006.

Luke 14: 7  Jesus noticed the guests taking the best seats so he told a parable.

Quotation:  “The gospel of Luke repeatedly reverses the expected social order.”  Susan Meyers. Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2001, United States Edition ©Archdiocese of Chicago. 2000.

Hebrews 12:22-24a Jesus the mediator of the new covenant
Luke 14:27  Carrying your own cross.

Luke 14:33  Renounce your possessions.

1 Timothy 1:13  Paul the blasphemer mercifully treated

Luke 16:27-28 The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus to his brothers
Matthew 25:42  not feeding the hungry Jesus
1 Timothy 2: 5, 8 Jesus the mediator, pray with lifted hands.

1 Timothy 6:11-15  Pursuing righteousness

Luke 16:16 The unjust steward making a deal with the debtor

Quotation “…Palestinian custom of agents acting on behalf of their masters and the usurious practices common to such agents.”   Footnote reference, New American Bible, for Luke 16,1-8a.  Copyright by World Bible Publishers, Inc., 1987.

Luke 15:4  Leaving the 99 for the one lost sheep

Luke 15:17  The prodigal son’s decision to return home