Catholic devotional DAILY DEVOTIONS: Nov 8 'Welcome Back'


DAILY DEVOTIONS:
Nov
8
'Welcome Back'
But whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.
- Philippians 3:7
In the paradoxical economy of the Body of Christ, the last are first, the lowly are lifted and what we thought were gains are counted as losses. There is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than 99 righteous people who have no need of repentance. I've heard it said if God seems absent sometimes, it's because he withdraws so we might seek him, but the analogies of today's gospel reading make it hard for me to imagine Jesus as a coy lover. We may never know how far we've wandered, but he seeks us as faithfully as the shepherd seeks his hundredth sheep and as the woman seeks her tenth coin. Jesus is never indifferent. He draws us back in joy and relief, not wrath. We all have need of that mercy, even the righteous who grumble while the prodigals are feted.
- Jessica Mesman Griffith

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