Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to him to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:1-8 )
Holy Spirit, please give each of us a heart to go out searching for the lost sheep.
Jesus, please help us bring that great joy to your Father in heaven when we bring a lost sheep back into the flock.
Father, help the parishes of this diocese line up with your priorities: help us go out searching for the lost and the least instead of spending all our time and efforts on those who have no need of repentance.
Jesus, thank you that you receive and eat with sinners. Thank you for inviting me to your table.
A word received: Look to me when you are weary.
Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Joel 2:12-19: Rev. 19:11-21: Luke 15:1-10
Thursday:  or 23,27 * 85, 86; Joel 2:21-27: James 1:1-15: Luke 15:1-2,11-32
Notes from the Front Line
Diocesan Intercessions: Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests November 14 Thanksgiving for the Holy Scriptures