Posted by: livingscripture | November 3, 2011

Thirty First Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“I tell you…there will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”

                                                                                                  Luke 15: 7             

How should we live this Word

 

How delightful and delicate is the parable of the shepherd who finds his lost sheep and is so happy that he calls all his friends to rejoice with him.  Immediately after, there is the announcement-revelation of a truth that fills us with joy, though it may at first leave us perplexed.  Why is there such rejoicing over one sinner who is converted, much more than for the ninety-nine who have no need of conversion?

This is the whole point.  If we believe that we are ‘in place’, we think that this constant call to conversion does not regard us.  This is the anti-gospel, so to say.  To believe ourselves righteous and act as though we were in the Church and in society lead to our ruin, to a caricature of Christianity.  This error arouses rejection in non-believers.  It is clear that Jesus gazed with mercy on the adulterous woman, on the Publicans, on the prostitutes, and on every heart that cried out its thirst for redemption.  However, He condemned those who live an existential lie, believing themselves just and passing themselves off as irreprehensible among others.                                                 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that the greatest sin is to think that I do not have to change my heart and convert my life.  Divisions in families and communities are born due to this interior cancer and rot of pointing the finger at others because I feel I do not merit censure.

 

Lord, free me form this interior evil that ruins personal relationships and impedes harmony and peace.  Instead of expecting the conversion of others, let me want my own, asking Your help and the power of Your grace.

The voice of a Desert Father

 

For three hours each day, Yahweh sits in tribunal and judges the world.  But when evil prevails over good, He gets up from His throne and, with a sigh of relief, He sits for the rest of the day on the throne of His mercy.


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