Thursday of 31st week, uneven numbered year Jeudi de la 31e semaine, année impaire

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”
Thursday 29 October 2015

Rm.14,7-12 Ps.26 Lk.15,1-10

Thursday of 31st Week, uneven numbered year “The tax collectors and sinners were all crowding round to listen to him, 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 ninety-nine upright people who have no need of repentance.“These parables throw an unusual light upon our usual experiences, we think we are living in banal circumstances yet if we let God’s light come upon them, they show up something new.People who have a bad reputation come towards Jesus and desire to listen to him, they are sinners of all sorts and publicans, these people who collect taxes and who are badly considered. Certain good believers are not very happy and have their discontent know and take it out on Jesus. ’This man’ welcomes sinners. It’s not a good sign, to make reproaches to everyone. The Gospels help us to discern this type of attitude and take act of it. Jesus the Lord is Light and Salvation by the liberation he operates in humanity. He is Light and Salvation by the hope we place in Him. Jesus is luminous, he reveals us that our Heavenly Father gives life to us and that he is merciful. We know that the life he gives us is a love that will have no end. Jesus the Saviour puts us on our feet, he gives the Holy Spirit who is a spirit of communion of Love.”Or again, what woman with ten drachmas wouldnot, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the hosue and search thoroughly till she found it? And the, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours, saying to them, ’Rejoice with me, I have found the drachma I lost.’

Jesus is so good, so marvellously good, he asks us to be always in Joy. The joy of the greatest Joy is when we have found our Father again. When we have found the aim of our destiny our joy is great! The publicans and the sinners hear what Jesus comes to explain in these parables. He is like this shepherd who goes out looking for these rebellious sheep or like the woman who turns her house over looking for the hidden coin. The scribes and the Pharises and all those who are like them are this sheep and this coin. And they accept to be approached. Jesus calls them to conversion : “There is joy for God’s angels when one sinner alone is converted.’ This is how the joy of our Heavenly Father is announced when he has found us. Joy is a sign of good health for Christians, it is our rempart.”In the same way, I tell you, tehre is rejoicing among teh angels of God over one repentant sinner."

The Pharisees and scribes recriminate, they are not joyful, what Jesus says to them is that despite their reproaches he comes to look for them. He proposes that they surrender themselves to God’s Life, before Love that does everything to find them. There are people who jump up to him and others who recriminate,yet Christ comes for all people. By his simple presence that is welcomed he wants to find them all, gather them together, give them fullness of life, his Body gives them fullness of life, his Body and Blood. The publicans and sinners are full of joy. They all come to Jesus to listen to Him. Jesus draws to Him all the poor ones who are living in misery. We are poor people coming to Jesus, this is where our joy lies : Who will be able to take away our joy? ’You joy, none can take it away.’ says Jesus. We receive our life like a child who gives thanks; this life given by God, no one can take it away for the Lord Jesus who dwells in it is always raising us up. When we dwell in the Spirit of Communion we are always dwelling in communionwith others. Our life is a life for others, no one lives for himself, we are beings of communion created in the image and ressemblance of God.

We ask for the grace to shine forth this Joy around us.