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Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (C)

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Gospel text (Lk 15:3-7): "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?" Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes: "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."

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today we imagine the Heart of Jesus: there was a small and rebellious lamb, named Bel. He often hid to listen to the voice of the shepherd, who called him by his name: Bel, Bel! One day Bel really got lost. The shepherd looked for him anxiously. He did not find it until the last moment, on the edge of a cliff full of thorns. -Bel, what are you doing here? Come! Filled with scratches, the shepherd was whistling with joy while returning home with Bel.

-Jesus, you are my shepherd. Never let me turn away from you.