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Thursday, November 6th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 15:1-10.


Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

6 November 2014

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 15:1-10. 

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.
Or what woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

6 November 2014

Commentary of the day

Saint Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173),

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 Saint Nerses Chnorhali (1102-1173),

Armenian patriarch
Jesus, the Father’s only Son, § 26-31 ; SC 203

“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”

I have wandered in the desert,
Gone astray in the wilderness,
One among a hundred
As in the parable of the sheep.

The wicked enemy tore it to pieces :
He covered it with incurable wounds;
Hence there is no other cure for the wound
But you, to heal it.

In floods of tears I implore you,
I lift up my cries to my Lord:
O Good Sheperd, come down from heaven,
Go in search of the little flock.

Lord, seek out the fallen coin,
Your image that was lost (Gn 1,26),
That I trampled in the vice of sin
And the stinking mud.

Wash me, Lord, from my filth ;
Make my soul pure as the whiteness of snow (Is 1,18).
Make up the number of the ten coins
As you did for the forty saints [of Sebaste].

Carry me on your shoulders, O you who bore the cross ;
Be pleased to raise up my fallen soul.
Give joy to the heavenly host of angels
At the return of a single sinner.

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

6 November 2014

Saint of the day

St. Leonard († c. 550)

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SAINT LEONARD OF NOBLAC
(† c. 550)

        Leonard, one of the chief personages of the court  of Clovis, and for whom this monarch had stood as sponsor in baptism, was so moved by the discourse and example of St. Remigius that he relinquished the world in order to lead a more  perfect life.

        The Bishop of Rheims having trained Leonard to virtue, he became the apostle of such of the Franks as still remained pagans; but fearing that he might be summoned to the court by his reputation for sanctity, he withdrew secretly to the monastery of Micy, near Orleans, and afterwards to the solitude of Noblac near Limoges.

        His charity not allowing him to remain inactive while there was so much good to be done, he undertook the work of comforting prisoners, making them understand that the captivity of sin was more terrible than any mere bodily constraint. He won over a great many of these unfortunate persons, which gained for him many disciples, in whose behalf he founded a new monastery.

        St. Leonard died about the year 550.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2014

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