Today’s Gospel Jesus tells us about the lost sheep. This is when one of the sheep is lost and has strayed from the flock, but the shepherd goes out and finds this sheep and brings him back to the rest of the flock. This story pertains to many of us at one time or another. Often we stray from the Lord. Maybe we cut back on prayer or succumb to temptation. Sometimes we may even stray so far that we may not even think we can go back or even find a way back. But Jesus searches for us like a shepherd searches for the lost sheep. No matter how far we may stray, He is always right behind us, trying to bring us back to the flock.
This story always gives me hope. It tells me that even though I may make some
wrong choices, God is always there for me with open arms. He seeks us out, ready to forgive us and
carry us back to His flock.
Here is a challenge for today that may be very
tough. Can we act as loving as Jesus does? Can we reach out to someone who may have
betrayed us and forgive them with open arms?
“I tell you, in just the same way there will be
more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous
people who have no need for repentance.”