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dc.contributor.authorGillick, Larry, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 488en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the first reading of today's eucharistic liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church, Paul uncertified himself. He possessed all the official credentials of a righteous person which had even given him the power or authority to persecute the Church.||We hear him say that all of that was nothing compared to the certification which comes from knowing "my Lord, Jesus Christ." His image of himself has changed. By being circumcised, a pharisee and a zealot, he knew who he was by what he did. In knowing Christ, Paul knows also who he is and what he has to do with his life.|"This man welcomes sinners and eats with them," is the response we hear in today's Gospel by the scribes and pharisees. Jesus has not given up on the lost and they are gathered around him.|Jesus, while eating with the tax collectors and other sinners, addresses a couple of little, but devastating parables to His accusers.|A woman lost a little coin and searched all over the house for it. She found it and was of great joy. A shepherd lost one little sheep and left his flock to search for it. He found it and carried it home in great joy.|Jesus is the one Who is searching and finding and rejoicing over our being the found. Paul celebrated in his whole life having been once the pharisaical judge and now the humbly found. He was once the searcher and now knows himself to be the once sought.|There is no lesson to be learned today, but two persons to be watched and listened to. Paul tells us our story too. Jesus tells us His story. Paul's story is about our being found with no official certification except being found in Jesus through baptism and the Eucharist. Jesus tells us about Himself as the One Who sweeps all the corners of our lives to help us find ourselves in Him. He does not give up on us as we wander away seeking other kinds of pastures.|No lessons today, only the allowing of ourselves to be in the Lost-but-Found, who are gathered with tax collectors and sinners around Jesus at the Eucharistic table.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, November 5, 1998: 31st week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for University Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitDeglman Center for Ignatian Spiritualityen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorGillick, Lawrence D., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 31en_US
dc.subject.local1Philippians 3:3-8aen_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 15:1-10en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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