Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/110316.cfm
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.”
The angels rejoice when a sinner repents! I have often wondered if they cried when someone strays? Jesus ate with sinners and still does. He came for us, the ones who have strayed. We all stray, but what is important is that we come home, that we repent of what we did and turn back to God. Our world is in serious need of repentance; many are trying to change God’s word to what is convenient to them. Are you one of them? If so, the angels are waiting to rejoice.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am so glad you came for sinners, because that means you came for me! I thank you for being the loving and forgiving Father that welcomed me home with open arms. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you glory, Amen.
Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord, Alleluia!