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Luke 15:3-7

The Word of God

Jesus told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

Luke 15:3-7
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    • Jesus is telling us very clearly that every life is precious in his eyes. Every person I meet is invaluable and irreplaceable. Jesus turns conventional attitudes upside down: the ‘little ones’, the people whom the world does not rate as important, are the most precious of all. Will my attitudes today reflect this?
    • If I were the only person in the world needing salvation, Jesus would still die for me. Does that thrill me or terrify me? Why?
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    • Pope Francis when asked ‘who is Jorge Bergoglio’? answered ‘Jorge is a sinner who has been called.’ How well am I able to live with being loved ‘unconditionally’? Our world is built on meritocracy, I have earned it, I deserve it.
    • Christian faith turns this on its head. God loves me, not because of anything good I may have done. God loves be because he loves me. Any good I might do is because of the gift of life given to me. God loves all his creatures first and always. Can I get my head around this?
    • Can I ask for that gift of knowing that I am a sinner who is called? Maybe the nearest I can get to this request is to ask for the gift of wanting this gift!
    • It is clear from the Gospel stories that Jesus really did seek out the lost, those on the margins, the social outcasts! ‘Come follow me’?
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    • The message of today's feast and of today's reading is the most basic truth of all: God loves us, and he sent his Son who loved us to the very end, shedding his blood for us. Like all love, in all its forms, it is something we can never contemplate enough, it is beyond our grasp. Yet I know it is there and makes a huge difference in my life.
    • Heaven rejoices and celebrates when one sinner repents. Do I join in the celebration, or am I one of the ninety-nine righteous ones who do not know how to be joyful, too concerned with the evil around them?
    • Jesus, make my heart similar to yours in its freedom and mercy.
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    • I know what it feels like to be lost in the wilderness but then found! Do I believe that my return is truly an important ingredient in divine happiness?
    • What paths have led me towards the wilderness, and how did God rescue me? I ponder, and then give thanks to my rescuer.
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    • This is not the sort of doctrine you learn in business schools. It sounds outlandish, to abandon the well-behaved and spend your energies on the outside chance of rescuing the delinquent 1%. Yet over the centuries these words have inspired good Christians to plug the gaps in social systems, and reach out to those who have drifted into isolation and despair. Common sense urges us to spend ourselves on those who reward our efforts. Jesus worked in another direction: /The healthy have no need of a doctor./