September 11th Sunday 24C.  When the family were sharing after Sunday Mass Pauline wondered, “The questions Father asked in his homily also made me think. What was behind the prodigal son’s wish to take his inheritance and leave home?  His brother, his father?   Didn’t he have enough freedom, or was he like one of the young people Pope Francis talks about who are dissatisfied with life and the many things they have also including access to social media. 

Scripture. “Father, give my share of property that falls to me.” He took a journey into a far country and there he squandered his property in loose living.  Read Luke 15:1-32.  Pope Francis:  Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise. LS 47.

ECO-TIP AND PRAYER:  Consider the reality of young people struggling with depression, a sense of dissatisfaction with their lives and even contemplating suicide. Can you reach out to anyone in need?   Pray Glory be to the Father.