TUESDAY 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT
GOSPEL COMMENTARY: THE LOST SHEEP (Mt 18:12–14).
Gospel of Tuesday, 2nd week of Advent (Mt 18:12–14)
The parable of the lost sheep
Jesus said to his disciples: What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”
Gospel Commentary from the Navarre Bible, Commentary to the Gospel of St. Matthew (with permission)
- 11-14 This parable clearly shows our Lord’s loving concern for sinners. It expresses in human terms the joy God feels when a wayward child comes back to him.
- Seeing so many souls living away from God, Pope John Paul II comments: “Unfortunately we witness the moral pollution which is devastating humanity, disregarding especially those very little ones about whom Jesus speaks.
- “What must we do? We must imitate the Good Shepherd and give ourselves without rest for the salvation of souls. Without forgetting material charity and social justice, we must be convinced that the most sublime charity is spiritual charity, that is, the commitment for the salvation of souls. And souls are saved with prayer and sacrifice. This is the mission of the Church!” (Homily to the Poor Clares of Albano, 14 August 1979).
TOPIC: DO YOU LOOK AT PROBLEM PEOPLE AS LOST CAUSE?
1st Reading Isaiah 40:1-11
Responsorial Psalm Psalms 96:1-2, 3 AND 10AC, 11-12, 13
Gospel Matthew 18:12-14
When someone makes a mistake, or when we hear stories of people doing offensive things, do we verify? Even if these are true, do we condemn these people and shut them out of our lives? Or do we show them the same mercy and compassion that our Father has shown us whenever we fall and sin?
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