FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Friday 24 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time
MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS
Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes: “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: 57-3-7)
How shall I live this Word?
It seems obvious what Jesus says, but the truth is another. No one would put ninety-nine sheep at risk to go in search of a single lost one. What is not taken for granted for us is obvious for God. Each of us is that lost sheep and sooner or later finds ourself lost, therefore it is wonderful to think that we are loved with a love that always risks everything for us. For Jesus, each of us is worth everything. We could ask ourselves why His only and immense joy is to find us, to put us on His shoulder, but the real reason remains a mystery, perhaps because we do not accept being loved without a calculable motivation. Yet, it remains a fact that our life fills Him with joy. If we could only consider being loved in this way, surrendering ourselves in the face of any attempt to necessarily give an explanation. Do we not feel within us the experience of this love that saves our lives and makes each of us unique and unrepeatable?
Jesus, remind us that we are not loved like everyone else. We are loved like no one else ever. Each of us can say that there is not only one God, but that for God, there is always ‘only’ one of me.
The Voice of Helen Keller, Author
The best and most beautiful things of life can neither be seen nor touched. They must be felt with the heart.
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