Carl Lora, Little Whispers

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First Reading
Romans 14:7-12
Brothers and sisters:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why then do you judge your brother or sister?
Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
for it is written:

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 27:1BCDE, 4, 13-14
R. ( 13) I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
One thing I ask of the LORD;
this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
and contemplate his temple.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
R. I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gospel
Luke 15:1-10

The 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 Jesus addressed this parable to them.
“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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“…‘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.” (Luke 15: 6-7)

REFLECTION
When someone goes missing, it’s our immediate response to exhaust all efforts to reach the missing person. We always do it in the quickest and most feasible way in order to get in touch with that person as soon as possible.

I could recall the scene in the movie ‘Home Alone 2’ wherein Kevin McCallister’s parents, upon realizing that Kevin wasn’t with them when they landed in Miami, did everything to track down Kevin’s current location. They immediately contacted everyone who could help them out in finding Kevin. They disregarded their supposed to be vacation in Miami just to know where Kevin is and just to ensure his safety.

On another note, I believe that this is very similar to what Jesus does whenever we lose sight of Him.

The Gospel today testifies to the Lord’s unconditional mercy and love for us. It only goes to show that when we, out of our weakness as humans, choose the opposite direction, the Lord would do everything just to win us back. He would exhaust all efforts to redirect us into His path. He would work mysteriously, so that we may be able to gain sight of Him. This is how much the Lord loves us. In fact, He is willing to leave the ninety-nine just to find the missing one.

What the Lord reminds us today is that regardless of our sinfulness and unworthiness, He will always remain faithful to us. He will still choose to open His arms very wide, until we go back into His embrace. However, the decision will lie on us. Inasmuch as the Lord will always choose us, let us also choose to straighten our ways, that we may be able to find our way back home. Because that home is nowhere else but in God’s loving presence.

Reflection Song

Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) by Hillsong Worship

Author

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