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10 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indians . i I ! :.ii Parable on God's mercy A plantation owner had some business in a southern metropolis. On his way back home, he took a wrong turn and ended up in the inner city. The streets seemed de- serted, but he still was concerned ,, about finding his way back out. Just then a street kid ap- peared and started throwing rocks at his Mercedes. The plantation owner stopped his car at once and got out.The kid was so surprised, he didn't think of running. The plantation owner grabbed the kid firmly by his wrist. "Why are you throwing rocks at me?" he asked. "I hate you. I hate you. I hate you," yelle.d the kid. "Why do you hate me?" " "Cause you're a big time rich man. An' here you come down to our neighborhood showing offin your big, rich car." "Where are your parents?" asked the planta- tion owner. =I ain't got no parents" replied the street kid. Come on. Surely you've got parents some- where." But the kid just screamed "I ain't got no parents." The plantation owner looked up and down the street but saw no one. Then he spied a nearby sa- loon. He dragged the kid into the saloon. All the By SY LOEHRLEIN GUEST COLUMNIST During the next couple of days the plant atin owner had the kid's background checked. Sure : enough: the kid evidently was a true orphan of the streets. He found the kid had no relatives few friends. The plantation owner kept the ki& ::i Eventually he adopted him. And the boy grew into responsible adulthood. Years later, when the old plantation owner died, the boy received his share of the inheritance. ' :. : The meaning of the parable: God wants toe: tablish a covenant with us (Jeremiah covenant is more than a contract; it is a love rela' tionship -- like the relationship between adopter: ;:! and adoptee. ! Now, a relationship like that demands ': sibilities from both parties. The street kid, for in-:: stance, had to first stop throwing rocks, Then he had to leave behind all that he had ever gr m! ae : customed to: his rags, his filth and his povertY.: Only then could he enter into a relationshi the plantation owner. We too have similar responsibilities toward God. We must first of all stop sinning. The; have to leave behind all we've grown accus to: our rags, our filth, our sinfulness 35). If we just trust God, we'll be he wants to do for us. i while the kid kept screaming "I ain't got no parents." The plantation owner asked the barkeeper, "Do you know any- thing about this kid? Where are his parents?" ."That kid ain't nothing but trouble, mister. The smartest thing you can do is let him go and hope you got him out of your hair." "But, his parents?" "The kid's probably right. As far as anyone knows, he probably ain't got no parents." Then, the plantation owner did something very foolish. He left himself wide open for about a dozen different kinds of lawsuits. He looked the kid in the eyes and asked "Son, would you like to see where I live?" At once the screaming stopped. The kid looked very puzzled. Finally he said, "Yeah...Yeah... Yeah, I think that'd be nice." As they drove up the white lane to the planta- tion, the kid's eyes bugged out of his head. The lane was lined with trees. The fields looked like beauti- fully kept lawns. A big, stately mansion stood at the end of the lane. He had never dreamt of anything so beautiful. The owner asked the kid, "would you like to stay with me for a day or so?" "Yeah." i ii LinCo Coffee Services Indiana - Illinois - Kentucky EVER YOUR TASTE, WE CAN MATCH IT FOR COMPLETE of Southwestern Indiana ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. Southern Indiana Catholics , SCHNELLVILLE, IN helping their parishes and one another 389-2418 I II I I Ft. Raymond Brenner of Resurrection Church, Evansville, IN Presents AN ITALIAN HOLIDAY TOUR Visiting Rome Pompeii Sorrento Capri Assisi Venice Florence November 7 -- 18, 1994 $1,795.00 Per Person From Chicago (Double 0ccupancy This 12-day fully escorted tour includes first-class hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private bath, breakfast' everyday and 5 dinners, plus trans- portation by deluxe air conditioned motorcoach. Air transportation by scheduled Sabena Belgian World Airlines jumbo jets. NOTE: A"Preview Meeting" (slide presentation) will be held Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Resurrection Church, 5301 New Harmony Road, Evansville, Indiana For more information and to receive a free color brochure call: Father Raymond Brenner 812-963-3121 PROVIDENCE HOME 502 WEST 9TH JASPER, INDIAI Telephone: (812) :. OUR LOVE HAS NO CLOSED Come and see our changes at our Providence you need long term care, we are now an interrne Skilled Nursing Care facility, on1 We have many activities and entertainm'o Residents. Goodfood Religious service of Y Twenty-four-h0me nursing care. Call or write to us at the addere$$ $bVi Every weekend there Total Communwatm'" wtth an A.S.L. in terpt Father Henry uses voice signs. All Homilies are pr for the Hard.of.Hearinf For schedules and informs Fr. Henry Kuy