Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
Meanwhile tax collectors and sinners were seeking the company of Jesus, all of them eager to hear what he had to say. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law frowned at this, muttering, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So Jesus told them this parable:
“Who among you, having a hundred sheep and losing oneofthem, will notleavetheninety-nineinthewilderness, and seek the lost one till he finds it? And finding it, will he not joyfully carry it home on his shoulders? Then he will call his friends and neighbors together, and say, ‘Celebrate with me, for I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner, than over ninety-nine decent people, who do not need to repent.
What woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one, will not light a lamp, and sweep the house in a thorough search, till she finds the lost coin? And finding it, she will call her friends and neighbors, and say, ‘Celebrate with me, for I have found the silver coin I lost!’ I tell you, in the same way, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”

Reflections
“There is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”
I tell those who are really close to me that my conversion point came through a song. It was in one of those Life in the Spirit Seminars (LSS) which I at- tended that I heard the song for the first time. I always thought that God has given up on me, but this song gave me refreshing assurances. It drained my heart and eyes of tears and made me realize how much I am loved despite my sinfulness. Here is the chorus of this song, entitled Stubborn Love, by Kathy Troccoli: It’s your stubborn love that never lets go of me. I don’t understand how you can stay. Perfect love, embracing the worst in me. How I long for your stubborn love. The fact is that my sinfulness has driven me far away from God. It was not his fault; It was my doing. Meanwhile, he was there all the time, refusing to let go and waiting for me to recognize he was never away. What a stubborn, perfect love. It doesn’t give up and it patiently waits. I am just blessed that I did not realize it too late.

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