Gospel – Luke 15:1-32
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
“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 when he does find 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.
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”
Reflection on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.
What is is about Jesus that draws them?
He welcomes sinners and eats with them.
Am I this open to welcome sinners?
Would I eat with them?
Spend a few moments thinking about the people with whom you come in contact.
Can you be a little more welcoming that they would draw near to you?
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.