FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Friday of Ordinary Time
June 28, 2019
WORD of the DAY
He told them 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. (Luke 15: 3-7)
How shall I live this Word?
Chapter 15 of Luke is the chapter of mercy. A single parable of tenderness and mercy, a teaching that unveils and reveals to us the heart of Jesus. The parable is addressed to ‘them’, Pharisees, scribes, to those who feel ‘just’, in order to convert them from ‘their own justice/ condemnation’, from their self-referential way of reasoning, to the way of reasoning of Mercy revealed by the shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the woman who seeks the lost coin, of the merciful Father who becomes a welcoming womb for his son, giving him back his life. Mercy is a gift that is not desired by those who believe they are righteous; but for those who know they are sinners it becomes a need.
Lord, Your Heart burns with love for us! Grant that we may feel the need for Your Love and that we may yearn for Your Mercy!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily at St. Martha, November 7, 2013
The joy of God, who is a God who does not like to lose, is not a good loser and for this reason, in order not to lose, He comes out of Himself and goes looking. He is a God who seeks: He seeks all those who are far from Him. Like the shepherd, who goes to look for the lost sheep. Searches till the end, like this shepherd who goes in the dark, looking, until he finds it; or like the woman, who lights the lamp when she loses that coin, sweeps the house and searches carefully. Thus God seeks. Then, once the sheep is found and brought back into the fold, no one says: “You were lost”, but rather it is restored to its dignity saying: “You are one of us”. When He does this, “He is a God who rejoices.” In short, the joy of God is not the death of the sinner, but his life: it is joy. How far were these people who murmured against Jesus, how far from the heart of God! They didn’t know Him. They believed that being religious, that being good people meant always doing well, even if educated and many times pretending to be educated, right? This is the hypocrisy of grumbling. Instead, the joy of the Father, God, is that of love: He loves us ”.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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