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Doctrines & Morals

Jesus goes out in Search for everyone

Phil. 3:3-8, Lk. 15:1-10. In today's Gospel, the tax collectors and sinners draw near Jesus to learn from His wisdom. His life challenges them to live upright life, but His adversaries were against His contact with the tax collectors and sinners. Thus, Jesus taught them about the 'joy' over repentant sinner through the "Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin". The parables point not to the great monetary value of the coin or loss but to the human reaction to place price tag on what is lost, even if it is of lesser value than what they still possess.

The parables also point out the call for the righteous to join in the celebration. Jesus does not abandon the lost, even if they are insignificant minority, to their fate but searches for them until they are found. When the lost one is found, there is so much joy and celebration. God rejoices over us when we repent from our sins. Having being overpowered by Christ, Paul tells us in today's first reading that the total accomplishment of His life was the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ. For His sake he forfeited everything and accounted everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:8). This is the experience the Lord gives to a person who returns to Him.

May the Lord grant us His mercy and salvation so that we may all experience the surpassing knowledge of our God! Amen!! Good morning and have a wonderful day!!!

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