Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

November 5, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA


Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians 3:3-8a

Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Luke 15:1-10


            In today’s world it is easy to feel alone and isolated.  We live in a world with a much larger population than our parents and grandparents.  Technology has brought improvements to our lives, but it has also made many of our interactions with each other much more impersonal.  It is amazing to me how much time we spend waiting.  We wait in line in stores, we wait to leave a message on some ones cell phone answering system and we wait impatiently for all of the TV commercials to end in order to watch the movie we are viewing.  Have you ever tried to leave a message at a doctor’s office?  Oy vey!    At times we feel as if we are just a number and that our concerns are not taken personally.  Unfortunately, at times we feel very alone and very far from God.  We are so busy and so distracted that it is difficult to find time for talking with God.  We have no time to pray.

            If all of this is how you feel then today’s Gospel narrative is meant for you.  You are that lost sheep, God, the Good Shepherd, is looking for you.  Being born and raised in Brooklyn, New York I know very little about sheep.  They are cute, cuddly and I’ve been told they are not very bright.  Apparently when one sheep gets lost it has a difficult time finding its way back to the flock.  The shepherd has to be very vigilant to guard against losing his sheep.  As we hear today, Jesus tells us that when even one sheep is lost the shepherd will search until he finds it and returns it to the fold. When we feel alone and far from God we are like that one lost sheep.  But God is like the shepherd.  He is always searching for us, the lost sheep.

            Friends, in today’s world (unless you live in a place like New Zealand) we would find it difficult in identifying ourselves as lost sheep.  However, the point of Jesus’ teaching is that God is, and always will be looking for us when we are lost.  When we feel far from God we need to hear this message.  We need to know that we are not lost.  Rather than give up hope of ever being found, we need to continue to trust in God and beg Him to find and help us.  The more alone we feel and the farther from God we feel, the more it is difficult to trust in God. 

            Our Heavenly Father will never give up His search for all who become lost.  He will find us!  We hear Saint Luke tell us that when He does find us He will proclaim, “I have found my lost sheep and there will be great rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  That one sinner could be you, or me, or anyone.  Think about it.  Better yet, pray about it.  God is listening.

Question of the Day:  Will you pray for the lost sheep of the world and rejoice in the saving grace of God?

Prayer:  “When the lost sheep is found, the whole community of heaven rejoices (Luke 15-7.)


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