We had a guest priest say Mass today and he focused on how the brother who was ticked that his dad had slaughtered the fattened calf for his ner do well brother’s return was like the “goody-two-shoes” who thinks that he’s in God graces just because he does everything the church teaches.
He then spent a good bit of his homily on how the younger brother knows all about his father’s love because he sinned and now realizes how much he needs his father and he fully appreciates his fathers mercy, because he truly needed it.
True enough, but he also, put more emphasis on the Sinner is Loved, regardless. And he further confused the point by emphasizing that the one who lives right isn’t all that good, is he? Isn’t he just like the pharasees?
I feel that the emphasis should be that it was the brothers inability to love the sinner that was wrong, but certainly not all who see the sin fail to love the sinner. And perpetuating this prejudice through calling them “goody-two-shoes” is unfortunate, especially during Mass.
There are times when it is our Christian duty to inform someone we love that they are not behaving in accord with Christ’s love or the teachings of the Church. It can be especially difficult to get it through to them that we totally LOVE them, even though we don’t stand by their error. A homily like this doesn’t help!