31st Week in Ordinary Time : Thursday, 5th November 2020

Daily Word Of God

Luke 15:1-7

The tax collectors and sinners 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?

  • Most of us, at best, tolerate people who have done wrong. We often view them with ridicule, fear and suspicion.


  • However, Jesus “rejoices” when He meets up with such people. This is not so much because the person has sinned, but because Jesus recognizes that the person has a dignity that has to be affirmed, not to be condemned.


  • We are all called to be more like Jesus i.e. to go beyond the wrong committed and to try to win the person to God’s ways. What is Jesus’  challenge for you if and when you meet such a person?