Intention: That each of us may grow every day in God’s love and work every day for the good of all.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 15:1-10
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 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.
“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.”
From the Sixteenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Oh, what a thrill of joy you will have when you hear the voices of those whom you have led, as if by the hand, into heaven, who will say to you on the day of judgment as well as in heaven what the girl delivered from the devil by Saint Paul said to the Apostle and those who were with him: These men are servants of the great God who have proclaimed to us the way of salvation. Then they will represent the good you have done among them. Some will represent to Jesus Christ on the day of judgment the robe of innocence that you helped them keep in all its purity. Others who have committed sin and who with your help have washed away their sins in the blood of the Lamb will represent to him the trouble you took to lead them back on the path of salvation.
Eternal Father, your Son taught how you wait patiently for your people to return to you when we become lost in sinfulness. You call us to repent for our wrongs and to change our ways. Fill us with the grace we need to open our minds and hearts to you. Inspire us to turn again to you, and to serve one another as together we seek to walk in your ways and embrace your saving love. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.