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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday 31st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 15,1-10): Tax collectors and sinners were seeking the company of Jesus, all of them eager to hear what He had to say. But the Pharisees and the scribes frowned at this, muttering. «This man welcomes sinners and eats with them».

So Jesus told them this parable: «Who among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and seek out the lost one till he finds it? (…). I tell you, just so, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine upright who do not need to repent (…).

The "original sin": Oh happy fault!

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the Lord’s words enlighten us to pierce the mystery of evil. If God is all good, why does He allow evil? Even more so: why the "original sin"? A first answer: after having completed the creation, God did not retreat. There we have the impressive work of redemption!

In creation everything points out to our divine filiation: children of God! And, therefore, free, with all its consequences: God allows man to "upset" His plans. Yes, God has allowed Adam —with the "original sin"— to tear down His project, but on condition to create something new and better: God responded by surrendering Himself more vehemently in the person of Christ.

—My God, I want to sing — ¡as in the Paschal Vigil— "Oh, happy fault, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!". Your mercy, oh Lord!, is the biggest demonstration of the overwhelming force of your love, and my conversion is the joy of Heaven.