In the Eucharist we hear these words (God) welcomes sinners and invites them to his table. How can we be sure that is true?
The Gospel of Luke records three parables about the lost being found. In the story of the Prodigal Jesus describes how the father greets the younger son who has finally come to his senses and admitted to himself that he has wasted his life and all that his father has given to him. The father welcomes the repentant son and proclaims that there will be a magnificent banquet to welcome his son back home. Yes the son has made a mess of his life; but, in taking responsibility for his poor decisions the son has expressed his intention to change for the better. This is the moment that the father has been longing for. He completely forgives the son and invites him to his table; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! This, Jesus says, is how our heavenly Father acts toward each of us when we have gone astray and decide to return.
We can be absolutely certain that the words of Invitation we hear in the Eucharist are true. Thanks be to God.
Bible Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32