MY daily reflection and prayer: Thursday November 6, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke15:1-10.
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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ goes out of His way to meet with sinners and treats them like they are His friends. We read in the Gospel that the Pharisees are shocked when they see Jesus freely meeting with sinners and even going to their homes to eat with them.
But, Jesus does not think as the Pharisees do. He seeks and meets many sinners and outcasts of society. They are drawn to Him to hear Him speak about the mercy of God and the offer of new life and friendship in the kingdom of God.
It’s why the Pharisees begin to question Jesus’ motive and practice of associating with sinners and outcasts. And He responds by giving them two parables about a lost sheep and a lost coin to challenge their way of judging sinners and shunning contact with them.
By these parables Jesus teaches us something new. God does not rejoice in the loss of anyone, but desires that all be saved and restored to fellowship with Him. In the eyes of Jesus, the whole community of heaven will rejoice when one sinner is found and restored to fellowship with God.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we pray for ourselves as sinners. We pray for others as well. We pray that the lost will be found. Let’s persistently pray and seek after those we know who have lost their way to God.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, let Your light shine through us that others may see Your truth and love and find hope and peace in You. May we never doubt Your love nor take for granted the mercy You have shown to us. Fill us with Your transforming love that we may be merciful as You are merciful, forever and ever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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