Jesus asks us for our opinion today. Here is his question:
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?”
What say you? When I read this Gospel passage today, I understand so much better the power of the Holy Spirit living in me. I think years ago I would have honestly answered that question with a probably not. I have 99 and I would have seen that as having an abundance and why risk my abundance to find one sheep.
At the time I thought that way, I was that one sheep who was lost. My Lord searched for me, found me and brought me back to His flock. One measly sheep, one hungry person, one homeless person, one lost soul and all the likes are worth searching for. It is our call to love the Lord and our neighbor.
Jesus concludes with the wisdom it has taken me a very long time to understand:
“And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”
Those words speak volumes to me that we have a loving and merciful Father who wants us to be with Him for eternity. I am a living example of His love and mercy. Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.