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Thursday, November 3rd. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 15:1-10.


Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“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?

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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

3 November 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint John-Mary Vianney (1786-1859),

Priest, curé of Ars
A sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, the 1st  on mercy

“There will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents”

The way Jesus Christ acted during his mortal life shows us how great was his mercy towards sinners. We see how they all come to share his company and how he, far from turning them away or at least keeping his distance from them, to the contrary takes every possible means to draw them to his Father. He goes searching for them through compunction, gathers them together by his grace and wins them by his loving behavior. He deals with them with such kindness that he even stands up for them against the scribes and Pharisees, who wish to accuse them and seem not to want to endure them in Jesus Christ’s company.

He goes even further than this: he wants to justify the behavior he adopts towards them with a parable that shows them in an insurpassable way the greatness of his love for sinners, saying to them: «A good shepherd with a hundred sheep, having lost one of them, left all the rest to pursue the one that had strayed, and having found it he placed it on his shoulders to spare it the difficulty of the road. Then, when he had restored it to its fold, he invited all his friends to rejoice with him at having found the sheep he had thought to be lost.» He also adds that parable of the woman who, having ten drachmas and losing one of them, lights her lamp to look for it in every corner of the house, and when she has found it invites all her friends to rejoice with her. «This is how,» he says, «all heaven rejoices at the return of a sinner who is converted and repents. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners. Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do» (Lk 5,31-32).

We see how Jesus Christ applies to himself these vivid images of the greatness of his mercy towards sinners. Oh what happiness for us to know that God’s mercy is infinite! What impetuous desires we must feel arising within us to go and throw ourselves at the feet of a God who will welcome us with such great joy!

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Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2016

Saints of the day

St. Martin de Porres,

Religious (1579-1639)

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SAINT MARTIN de PORRES
Religious

(1579-1639)

        Born at Lima in Peru in 1579 of a native mother and Spanish father, Martin entered the Dominican Order in Lima, where he continued his profession as medical assistant.

       He lived a life of fasting and prayer and died in 1639.

The Weekday Missal (1975)

 

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Thursday of the Thirty-first week in Ordinary Time

3 November 2016

Saints of the day

St. Hubert,

Bishop (657-727)

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SAINT HUBERT
Bishop
(657-727)

        St. Hubert’s early life is so obscured by popular traditions that we have no authentic account of his actions. He is said to have been passionately addicted to hunting, and was entirely taken up in worldly pursuits. One thing is certain: that he is the patron saint of hunters.

Moved by divine grace, he resolved to renounce the world. His extraordinary fervor, and the great progress which he made in virtue and learning, strongly recommended him to St. Lambert, Bishop of Maestricht, who ordained him priest, and entrusted him with the principal share in the administration of his diocese.

        That holy prelate being barbarously murdered in 681, St. Hubert was unanimously chosen his successor. With incredible zeal he penetrated into the most remote and barbarous places of Ardenne, and abolished the worship of idols; and, as he performed the office of the apostles, God bestowed on him a like gift of miracles.

        He died in 727, reciting to his last breath the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer.

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

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