October 23 


When we were children we played games
many of which included
the good guys and the bad guys.

I suppose there were nicer games to play
but often we would be running after each other,
the good guys chasing the bad guys or vice versa.

That idea of good guys and bad guys
somehow sticks with us but more often than not
we don't really know
who are the good guys and who the bad.

The Bible tells us God sees not as people see.
People see the externals
and make their judgements accordingly,
but God looks into the heart.
He knows our background and can judge justly,
not as people see and judge.

Take the story of the prodigal son.
The second son went off
and did some pretty bad things
but was sorrowful and repented.
The eldest son stayed around on the farm,
seemed to be really good,
yet could not forgive his repentant brother.

"Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders......"

That part was good but he could not accept or forgive
his brother who did wrong but repented.
So who ends up the good one and who the bad?
Only God knows.

Have another great day
and hope to see you tomorrow.
Father Peter