TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME — Year C

Gospel: Luke 15:1-32

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

The tax collectors and the sinners were all gathering around Jesus to listen to his teaching, at which the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  Jesus then addressed this parable to them: “Who among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wasteland and follow the lost one until it is found?  And finding it, you put it on your shoulders in jubilation.  Once arrived home, you invite friends and neighbors in and say to them: ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you, there will likewise be more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent.

“What homemaker, if she has ten silver pieces and loses one, does not light a lamp and sweep the house in a diligent search until she has retrieved what she lost?  And when she finds it, she calls in her friends and neighbors to say, ‘Rejoice with me!  I have found the silver piece I lost.’

I tell you, there will be the same kind of joy before the angels of God over one repentant sinner.”

The Good News as spoken through Luke.