As Christians the new life Jesus gives us is the ultimate answer to all our questions. We need only make our act of faith in the one who died and rose for us.
God is at work in the most unlikely of ways and in people we may least expect to change. Repentance like that was and is the mission of Jesus.
Today's parable helps us to see that our prayers must first begin with a change of heart, an acknowledgement of our sinfulness, and an openness to God.
We may seem powerless before all that is unjust in our world. But Jesus' parable in today's Gospel encourages us to keep praying and working for peace and justice.
The Kingdom is in our midst, but we truly appreciate it only if we walk with Christ in his suffering and death. By embracing his way of the cross we welcome the Kingdom.
We know that serving Jesus is something truly extraordinary. Through giving ourselves to the Lord we can find ourselves doing great things with the Spirit's help.
It's not riches in themselves that are bad; it's how they are used. Those who hear this Gospel and who have more than enough of worldly riches still have a chance to use them for good.
Those who would be disciples may have to use money for the sake of the Kingdom, but they must never be controlled by it. The Kingdom must be our priority.
Perhaps there were Christians in Luke's communities who'd been disloyal in times of persecution or sinned in other ways. Like the older brother in today's Gospel, the faithful ones may have resented the reconciliation of these wayward members.
In today's Gospel Jesus cautions his audience about the cost of discipleship. He will embrace his cross completely, giving his all. As his followers we must do the same.