This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel reading below, we read of the Pharisees and Scribes criticizing Jesus for welcoming and eating with sinners. He tells the story of the lost sheep and the lost coin to teach us that whenever we stray away from God, God seeks us out and extends his mercy toward us. We are called to embrace his mercy and return to him. God never moves away from us; rather, we move away from God.
God is so merciful to us; may each of us strive every day to extend mercy to others. I hope that you enjoy the weekend!
God bless you,
Mrs. Katie Walsh
Gospel Luke 15: 1-10
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 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.’
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.”