⏰Thursday of the Thirty-First Week of Ordinary Time 1 (07 Nov 2019)

📖Rom 14:7-12; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 (R.v.13); Luke 15:1-10


My dear, out of his special love for us, Jesus paid the supreme price by dying so that we might have life. Having paid that price, we now belong to him. This is why he continues to draw all of us, without exception, closer to himself on a daily basis.

St. Paul already noted that it was while we were still headlong in sin that he paid this price (cf. Rom 5:8). So it is an unmerited favour bequeathed to us. Why then should be angry when the same favour is being given to someone who is still living as we used to live?

How do you feel when you see a notorious man sitting inside the house of God during worship, with nobody trying to send him away? Are you getting burnt with zeal for Holy War on God’s behalf (see Luke 15:2)?

No! Remember rather that that sinner is also a son of Abraham, lost and in need of salvation (cf. Luke 19:9-10). So, the Lord continues to seek him as the shepherd seeks the lost sheep or the woman does to her lost coin (cf. Luke 15:3-10).

Therefore, instead of bothering yourself about that person you are condemning as a sinner, why not reflect on how to live and follow God better because we shall all render an account of our lives in the end (see Rom 14:7-12).

It is our faith that we shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. May the Lord enlighten our way to be able to dwell in that land for all eternity. Amen.

Have a spiritually renewed day in the presence of God. Peace be with you.

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