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Thursday - Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Heavenly Father, teach us your truth. Lead us to your will. Guide us in your wisdom. We want our life and our choices to be a reflection of your plan for us when you made us new in our mother's womb. In the name of Infant Jesus we ask these things. Amen.
Psalm 119:64: The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me your decrees
  Today's Readings ... (November 03, 2011)
Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Romans 14:7-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27:1bcde,4,13-14
Gospel: Luke 15:1-10

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 6:37-40)
What does Jesus' narration about a lost sheep and a lost coin tell us about God and his kingdom? Shepherds usually counted their sheep at the end of the day to count all were accounted for. Because sheep by their very character are very social, an isolated sheep can fast become confused and even neurotic. The scribes and Pharisees took great fault at Jesus since he went out of his way to meet with sinners and he delighted them politely like they were his friends. The Pharisees had harsh regulations concerning how they were to keep away from sinners, in case they incur sacrament defilement. They were not to assign money to them or have any business connections with them, nor faith them with a secret, or assign orphans to their concern, nor go with them on a journey etc. They were shocked with the way in which Jesus freely received sinners and ate with them. Sinners, however, were brought to Jesus to hear him speak about the mercy of God. Jesus typically answered the Pharisees' accuse with a parable or lesson drawn from daily life. The shepherd's sorrow and anxiety is turned to delight when he finds the lost sheep and restores it to the fold. The poor are mostly good at sharing in one another's distress and joys. What was new in Jesus' teaching was the persistence that sinners have to be sought out and not just mourned for. God does not be pleased about in the loss of anybody, but desires that all be saved and reinstate to fellowship with him. That is why the whole society of heaven rejoices when one sinner is found and reinstate to friendship with God. Seekers of the lost are much wanted today. Do we tirelessly pray and seek after those we know who have lost their way to God?

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)


Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop


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