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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 3, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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All our qualifications, status in life means nothing if we do not know Christ Jesus and are living a life in the Spirit! More so if we are not helping our fellow sisters and brothers on their journey back to God our Heavenly Father.

I used to think that I when I pass from this life into new life with my Lord, how nice it would be to be remembered by many, like one of the saints who devoted their life to Christ and how many they have touched. But now as I dwell more deeply, I would rather be remembered only by the many lost souls I have led back to Christ and how through their own encounter with Jesus have led others to the same. Then when it is time, we can all stand hand in hand singing the Lord our God’s praises in Heaven. Amen

Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice! Alleluia!

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First reading

Philippians 3:3-8 ·

I was faultless according to the Law; but without knowing Christ I was nothing

We are the real people of the circumcision, we who worship in accordance with the Spirit of God; we have our own glory from Christ Jesus without having to rely on a physical operation. If it came to relying on physical evidence, I should be fully qualified myself. Take any man who thinks he can rely on what is physical: I am even better qualified. I was born of the race of Israel and of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrew parents, and I was circumcised when I was eight days old. As for the Law, I was a Pharisee; as for working for religion, I was a persecutor of the Church; as far as the Law can make you perfect, I was faultless. But because of Christ, I have come to consider all these advantages that I had as disadvantages. Not only that, but I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

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Gospel

Luke 15:1-10

There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:

    ‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness 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? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.

    ‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’