31st Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Thursday of Ordinary Time November 7, 2019 WORD of the DAY The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him, 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.”… In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15: 1-6/10) How shall I live this Word? Jesus reveals to us God’s great joy when a sinner repents, more than for the ninety-nine righteous who have no need for penitence. The also recalls the happiness of the woman who has found her lost drachma. She invites her friends...