03 November 2016
Thursday, 31st Week in Ordinary Time
St. Martin de Porres, Religious
Bl. Rupert Meyer, Priest
Phil 3:3 – 8a / Lk 15:1 – 10
Born in Lima, Peru, St. Martin de Porres (1579 – 1639) lived a life of fasting, prayer and penance as a Dominican religious.
Bl. Rupert Meyer (1876 – 1945), a German Jesuit priest, preached missions with special concern for the poor and immigrants. He fought against the Nazis.
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 15:1 - 10
Meanwhile tax collectors and sinners were seeking the company of Jesus, all of them eager to hear what he had to say. But the Pharisees and scribes frowned at his, muttering, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
So Jesus told them this parable: "Who among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and seek out the lost one till he finds it? And finding it, will he not joyfully carry it home on his shoulders? Then he will call his friends and neighbors together and say: 'Celebrate with me for I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you, just so, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine upright who do not need to repent.
"What woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one, will not light a lamp and sweep the house in a thorough search till she finds the lost coin? And finding it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say: 'Celebrate with me for I have found the silver coin I lost!' I tell you, in the same way there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner."
The Gospel reading today about the lost sheep and the lost coin reminds us of Pope Francis when he was first presented at the front balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at his election as Pope. His very simple pectoral cross featured the Good Shepherd carrying a lamb on his shoulders, leading his flock of sheep: "And finding it, will he not joyfully carry it home on his shoulders?" (Lk 15: 5)
The shepherd relentlessly searches for his lost sheep, leaving the other ninety-nine during his search, and calls his neighbors to rejoice with him on finding the lost sheep. The woman makes a thorough search in her house for the lost silver coin.
The parables are simple depictions of God searching and finding the repentant sinner: "I tell you, just so, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine upright who do not need to repent." (Lk 15: 7)
In similar fashion the loving and forgiving father of the prodigal son shows God's love for the repentant sinner: ". . . this brother of yours was dead and has come back to life, He was lost and is found. And for that we had to rejoice and be glad." (Lk 15: 32)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Ubaldo N. Inocentes
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Ricardo U. Lim
Yu Lim Lian Eng (1915 – 2009)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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