24th Week, Ordinary Time: Sunday 15th September 2019

Daily Word Of God

Luke 15:1-7

The tax collectors and sinners, however, were all crowding round to listen to Jesus, and the Pharisees and scribes complained saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he told them this parable:

‘Which one of you with a hundred sheep, if he lost one, would fail to leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner repenting than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of repentance.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • • Jesus’ parable of the Lost Sheep was addressed to the self-righteous scribes and Pharisees, who were shocked that He freely received sinners, ate with them and treated them graciously.
  • • Jesus tells us that we must not be self-righteously jealous when someone receives a reward or favour they do not seem to deserve. At the same time, He wants us to rejoice when sinners are found and reconciled with God.
  • • As Christians, it is our duty to seek out those who are lost and guide them back to their faith. Are you concerned for those who have lost their faith? How often do you pray for them?