Luke 15: 1-10
Lord God, I believe that you are
present here for this moment of prayer. Even if I have not really longed for this time together, I
know that you have been waiting for me. As an expression of my gratitude and love, I truly wish to
give myself totally to you during this meditation.
Lord, grant me greater zeal for the
salvation of souls.
1. You Can Judge a Man by the Company He Keeps:
Our Lord took a considerable amount of
flak from the Pharisees for taking time to get to know the less respectable crowd. In those days,
sinners were marginalized and treated with contempt. Today, attitudes have changed. Folks that were
considered sinners back then would now be mainstream; some of them would probably even be
celebrities. But one thing is still the same: People still judge others by the company they keep.
For better or worse, people are judged by their associations. That brings up a good question. I am a
Catholic. I receive the Eucharist frequently. Jesus is spending a lot of time with me. Would people
be able to tell that I have been spending time with the Lord? What would they think of Christ and
his influence on me? Are the Lord's standards reflected in my life?
2. The 99 Safe
description of going out to get the sinner is truly consoling. Perhaps this brings up a beautiful
memory of how he came to my rescue, when I was one of the wooly ones wandering far from the flock.
But that's now a changed scenario. I am in the flock. How do I stay here and keep from wandering
off? The Good Shepherd gives us so many tools, but I need to use them. If I slacken in my prayer
life and participate with routine and lack of fervor in the sacraments, I may find myself wondering
what other pastures may be like. Let's focus on being faithful within the beautiful flock of the
3. Fireworks in Heaven:
Returning to the thought about people judging others based
on the company they keep, we can easily see why those judgments occur: People that spend time
together often start to become like each other, since they share many of the same interests. Jesus
reveals in the parable what his driving, passionate interest is: the salvation of the individual
soul. There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous
persons who need no repentance. The Lord is always looking to set off fireworks in heaven with one
more conversion. If I'm hanging around Jesus enough, I'm probably starting to sound like him. If
not, am I really spending as much time with him as I think? Am I trying to bring back the lost sheep
that I know?
Conversation with Christ:
Jesus, you lifted up the sinners
so many of them became saints.
Let me soak up the grace of your
so that I will truly reflect in my actions the reality
of your work in my
soul. Grant me a little portion
of the burning desire you had to bring back the lost
I will write a letter or email to a friend or relative
who has drifted away from the Church, hoping that even a little hello may plant a positive