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Sequentia Sancti Evangelii secundum Lucam – Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
Luke 15 : 1-10
In illo tempore : Erant appropinquantes ad Jesum publicani et peccatores, ut audirent illum. Et murmurabant pharisaei et scribae, dicentes : Quia hic peccatores recipit et manducat cum illis. Et ait ad illos parabolam istam, dicens : Quis ex vobis homo, qui habet centum oves : et si perdiderit unam ex illis, nonne dimittit nonaginta novem in deserto, et vadit ad illam, quae perierat, donec inveniat eam?
Et cum invenerit eam, imponit in humeros suos gaudens : et veniens domum, convocat amicos et vicinos, dicens illis : Congratulamini mihi, quia inveni ovem meam, quae perierat? Dico vobis, quod ita gaudium erit in caelo super uno peccatore poenitentiam agente, quam super nonaginta novem justis, qui non indigent poenitentia.
Aut quae mulier habens drachmas decem, si perdiderit drachmam unam, nonne accendit lucernam, et everrit domum, et quaerit diligenter, donec inveniat? Et cum invenerit, convocat amicas et vicinas, dicens : Congratulamini mihi, quia inveni drachmam, quam perdideram? Ita dico vobis : gaudium erit coram Angelis Dei super uno peccatore poenitentiam agente.
At that time, the publicans and sinners drew near unto Jesus to hear Him, and the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, “This Man received sinners and ate with them.” And He spoke to them this parable, saying, “Which man among you who had a hundred sheep, and if he lost one of them, would he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after the one which was lost, until he finds it?”
“And when he had found it, he lays it upon his shoulders rejoicing, and coming home, calling together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.” I say to you, that this was even how there shall be joy in heaven upon the repentance of one sinner, more than upon the ninety-nine who do not need penance.”
“Or which woman having ten drachmas, if she loses one drachmas, would not light a candle, sweeping the house, and seeking diligently until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found the drachma I had lost.’? So I say to you, there shall be joy before the Angels of God upon the repentance of one sinner.”