Gospel Reading (Luke 15:1-10)

(There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner.)

The tax collectors

and the sinners

were all seeking the company of Jesus

to hear what he had to say,

and the Pharisees

and the scribes complained.

“This man”

they said

“welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

So he spoke this parable to them:

“What man among you

with a hundred sheep,

losing one,

would not leave the ninety-nine

in the wilderness

and go after the missing one till he found it?

And when he found it,

would he not joyfully

take it on his shoulders

and then, when he got home,

call together his friends and neighbours?

‘Rejoice with me,’

he would say

‘I have found my sheep that was lost.’

In the same way,

I tell you,

there will be more rejoicing in heaven

over one repentant sinner

than over ninety-nine virtuous men

who have no need of repentance.

“Or again,

what woman with ten drachmas

would not, if she lost one,

light a lamp

and sweep out the house

and search thoroughly

till she found it?

And then,

when she had found it,

call her friends and neighbours?

‘Rejoice with me,’

she would say

‘I have found the drachma I lost.’

In the same way,

I tell you,

there is rejoicing among

the angels of God

over one repentant sinner.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

R.) Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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