Today’s Gospel: Joy over repentant sinner

What man among you with a hundred sheep
Would not, if he should find that one had strayed,
Enfold the others on the grassy steep
And seek that single one with heart dismayed?

And when he found it would he not rejoice,
Not check its limbs and feet with tender care,
Not soothe its trembling fear with hand and voice,
And then upon his shoulders homeward bear?

Arived at home he would his neighbors call
Saying “Rejoice with me, for I have found
The sheep which I had lost.” The angels all
Rejoice with me and make a joyful sound

Over a single sinner who repents
Far more than nine and noinety self-styled saints.

Today’s Gospel: Discipleship

Luke 14:25-31. Jesus begins by making the point of this passage “If anyone would be my disciple he must take up his cross and follow me.” He then goes on to use hyperbole and parables to illustrate the point that discipleship must come before anything else, possessions, family, even one’s own life. That is what he did himself in service of the mission he had received from

the Father.

Praying for the Dead

This is all Souls Day, which is celebrated in Mexico as the Day of the Dead. People visit graves of loved ones and care for them. This is a good custom. Most of us have moved away from our hometown. Fortunately I have a sister who lives in ours and will visit graves. Many religions, even Buddhim,
, have the custom of praying for the dead or even to them.