Posted by: livingscripture | November 5, 2015

31st Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Jesus addressed a parable to them.  ‘What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?  And once he finds it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.  I tell you, in just the same way 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: 3-6)shephrd11

How should we live this Word

 Faced with the criticism of the Pharisees and Scribes on the fact that the Teacher was eating with sinners, Jesus recounts the parable of mercy.  It is a lovely, concrete picture that efficaciously tells of the loving attention and sincere concern of God who goes in search of those who are lost.

These are instant photos of a God who is not content to wait for our return, but a Shepherd/Father who goes, facilitates the encounter, smoothes the road to those who are still far off.  Then God rejoices in finding the lost one again.  This is the meaning and the message of hope with which the Jubilee of Mercy desires to reach each of us who are often lost and alone.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will relish this picture of Jesus as the Shepherd in search of those who are lost, who sits at table with us, and draws us to Himself.

Jesus, gather us all into Your loving embrace.

 The Voice of Charles Peguy, Contemporary Author

 The conversion of a person is the accomplishment of God’s hope.

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