March 18, 2013

Your Value in God's Eyes

One of our priest's had an outstanding homily two weeks ago after the Gospel reading about the prodigal son.  He held up a crisp $100 bill and asked us to raise our hands if we wanted it. 

Obviously, just about everyone in church raised their hand.  Then he took it in his hand and crumpled it up tight so it was completely wrinkled. 

Again, he asked who wanted it, and again, everyone still wanted it. 

Then he took the one hundred dollar bill, and he repeatedly stomped on it as hard as he could and dug it into the ground. 

Again, he asked who wanted it, and again, everyone still wanted it. 

He then explained that God sees us just like that.  No matter what sins are in our past, no matter how worn down, rejected, broken, and scarred we feel, we still have the same value in God's eyes.  He loves us no matter what we have done, and he is merciful and continually offers forgiveness.

"So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come."
- 2 Corinthians 5:17

"If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing."
-1 John 1:9

I just thought that was such a simple, effective, and powerful message that I wanted to make sure to share it! Hope you all have a great week! :) 



  1. Now that was a good homily! I am glad you shared it! : )

  2. That really was a good homily. By the way, there's a great new song out by Britt Nicole called Gold that might be good to pass along to your teen group. It too talks about our worth in the eyes of God. Have a great day Caitlin.

    1. I love that song, listen to it all the time.

  3. wow what simple yet beautiful wisdom!

  4. Oh my goodness I just love this. Thank you so much for sharing it :)

  5. what a simple, effective message...thanks for sharing!

  6. That is such a perfect analogy. Thank you so much for putting it on here for all of us to read!

    Chloe M.

  7. That is a great homily, and such a great reminder.

  8. Hey, I wanna go to your church :D Finally I understand how much God loves me!! I am sharing this with my husband.