And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
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A Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian
Which being found Christ brings back, bearing on His shoulder the tender sinful one; and He, rejoicing and exulting, having called His friends and domestics, says, "Rejoice with me; for my sheep which was lost is found. I say "says He, "unto you, that there will be such joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth.".
I say unto you, that such joy shall be in the sight of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." ...
Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. Î£Ï…Î³Ï‡Î¬Î¶Î·Ï„Î Î¼Î¿Î¹, Let My joy be one with yours—partake of My joy. His joy is so great that he cannot confine it to Himself, His friends must rejoice also. He further indicates that the event is such a happy one, that it ought to afford matter for rejoicing to all. He says not, "Rejoice with the sheep that is found," but, "with Me." Because truly our life is His joy. S. Gregory. ...