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Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 15:1-10): "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." The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus addressed this 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 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.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one 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.”

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today, the "Parable of the lost sheep" transmits us comfort and hope, because... who has not been lost in this life? It is surprising that the Pharisees and scribes complained (behind Jesus' back) by muttering: "This man welcomes sinners." Apparently, those guys would have never been lost. Never! They were perfect! This is what they believed; although, actually, they are pitiful: they were blind, by despising others, always with a funerary face...

- God’s second name is "Mercy." What a great comfort to know that my Father-God always smiles at me, especially when I get back to Him!