- First reading
- Joshua 5:9-12
- Psalm 32
- Second reading
- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Whether you were baptized by immersion as a teenager, or baptized by sprinkling as a baby, we entered a new life at baptism. Like the Israelites when they crossed the Jordan River, they tried the food of the land. This marked a new life for them. They were no longer a wandering people: they were home. Likewise, when we are baptized at any age, we are no long a wandering people. We are home.
This Sunday, we celebrate the Lost Son. After confessing his sins and realizing that home is always better than being away, he comes into the arms of His Father. He is embraced in love, while his brother is scornful that he gets a celebration.
When we come to the Lord for the first time, or are coming back after a long hiatus, we are welcomed into loving arms. The Father welcomes us by embracing us in the arms of His Son, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. As Unitarians, I know we are welcomed by the Father and the Son.
Because Christ died on that cross for us so that we could be reconciled to God.
While my stories of family members returning to God after being atheists for so long are too personal to share, I want you to know that God welcomes you into his loving arms, always.
We are lost, and then we are found. We were dead, and then we were made alive in the waters of baptism. We are home.
And when we pass away, we will enter our Eternal home as children of God in Heaven.
Ponder on that, my friends. We are always welcome in the arms of our Father.
Amen and Amen