Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time

In times of discouragement, grief, injustice, or failure, we tend not to feel blessed. We want a discount on the cost of discipleship, even though Jesus has already paid dearly for our sins. The Lord promised not to reject anyone who comes to Him. Even better, He notices when we have wandered away or become lost. Scribes and Pharisees noticed that Jesus welcomed sinners to eat with Him. The Lord explained that anybody who had gone in search of a stray sheep or swept the house to look for a lost coin would rejoice to find it. Sometimes, we squander the Lord’s love by trying to ingratiate ourselves in case we need a favor returned. When we rejoice in good things that come our way, does the Lord ever feel left out?