November 7, 2019 Thursday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time-C

Romans 14:7-12

Psalm 27

Luke 15:1-10

The Lord is my light and my salvation… Ps. 27:1

“…go after the lost one until he finds it?” Lk. 15:4

Lord, Pope Francis says if we are to be real disciples of yours we are to smell like your sheep.  Good shepherds carry with them the odor of their sheep because they care for them.  You didn’t avoid people that had lost their way.  You sought them out and even ate with them.  How many lost sheep have you brought back to the safety of the fold?  I admit, Lord, that I have been lost at times.  I’m so thankful you didn’t move on without me but went looking for me until you found me.  I’ll try not to wander off again.  I have family members who have strayed from your Church and no longer walk with you.  I love these people, Lord, and I want them found and brought back to safety.  I know you love them too.  If I can be your hands, feet or mouth today to offer a welcome to a “lost” sheep who knows what will happen.  Maybe I am the only bible that person will read today.  May I not give up on anyone because you can work wonders on the human heart that will be worth celebrating.  Amen.