TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
‘The one who was lost has been found’. Today’s Gospel offers us three beautiful, life-giving parables about lost things. Jesus speaks with great tenderness about a shepherd who loses one of his sheep, a woman who loses one of her coins, a father who loses one of his sons. His message is clear and encouraging. Everyone matters to God. He will never give-up on His children. He searches unceasingly with fatherly concern for the one who has strayed and welcomes him/her home. As St. Augustine once wrote: ‘He loves each of us as if there were only one of us’. It was no wonder that this uplifting message drew sinners in great numbers to hear the Lord speak and seek His company. They were touched deeply by His merciful words in what was a merciless world. Today as then, people yearn to hear that they matter. Pope Benedict had this universal yearning in mind when he couched the timeless teaching of Jesus in these memorable words: ‘Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary’
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