I will write a letter or email to a friend or relative who has drifted away from the Church
Luke 15: 1-10
Introductory Prayer: Lord God, I believe that you are
present here for this moment of prayer. Even if I have not really longed for this time together, I
know that you have been waiting for me. As an expression of my gratitude and love, I truly wish to
give myself totally to you during this meditation.
Thank you for this time of meditation, Lord. Allow me to truly experience your presence in
my soul and your intense joy over the soul that comes to you.
Petition: Lord, grant me greater
zeal for the salvation of souls.
1. You Can Judge a Man by the Company He Keeps: . Our
Lord took a considerable amount of flak from the Pharisees for taking time to get to know the less
respectable crowd. In those days, “sinners” were marginalized and treated with contempt. Today,
attitudes have changed. Folks that were considered sinners back then would now be mainstream; some
of them would probably even be celebrities. But one thing is still the same: People still judge
others by the company they keep. Back then, Jesus was labeled a sinner for reaching out to sinners;
today in the typical high school, being in the cool clique assures one’s high social status. For
better or worse, people are judged by their associations. That brings up a good question. I am a
Catholic. I receive the Eucharist frequently. Jesus is spending a lot of time with me. Would people
be able to tell that I have been spending time with the Lord? What would they think of Christ and
his influence on me? Are the Lord’s standards reflected in my life?
2. The 99 Safe Sheep: . Jesus’
description of going out to get the sinner is truly consoling. Perhaps this brings up a beautiful
memory of how he came to my rescue, when I was one of the wooly ones wandering far from the flock.
But that’s now a changed scenario. I am in the flock. How do I stay here and keep from wandering
off? The Good Shepherd gives us so many tools, but I need to use them. If I slacken in my prayer
life and participate with routine and lack of fervor in the sacraments, I may find myself wondering
what other pastures may be like. Let’s focus on being faithful withinto the beautiful flock of the
3. Fireworks in Heaven: Returning to the thought about people judging others
based on the company they keep, we can easily see why those judgments occur: People that spend time
together often start to become like each other, since they share many of the same interests. Jesus
reveals in the parable what his driving, passionate interest is: the salvation of the individual
soul. “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous
persons who need no repentance.” The Lord is always looking to set off fireworks in heaven with one
more conversion. If I’m hanging around Jesus enough, I’m probably starting to sound like him. If
not, am I really spending as much time with him as I think? Am I trying to bring back the lost sheep
that I know?
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, you lifted up the sinners around you — so
many of them became saints. Let me soak up the grace of your divine influence so that I will truly
reflect in my actions the reality of your work in my soul. Grant me a little portion of the burning
desire you had to bring back the lost sheep.
Resolution: I will
write a letter or email to a friend or relative who has drifted away from the Church, hoping that
even a little “hello” may plant a positive seed.