DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mathew 18:12-14.
Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? 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? 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.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today proclaims the parable of about a lost sheep and a good shepherd who cares for his lost sheep. What can we learn from the lesson of Jesus’ parable about a lost sheep?
First, it describes what God is like. It comforts us with the assurance that God will not rest until we find our way home to Him. Jesus wants to emphasize what has been proclaimed by Isaiah in the Old Testament that God will personally shepherd His people and lead them to safety (see Isaiah 40:11).
Second, the lost sheep may be ourselves. The good shepherd is surely Jesus Christ Himself for He describes Himself as the good shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep (see John 10:11). God has sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son as the Good Shepherd who restores peace and righteousness. He also shepherds and cares for us with love and compassion.
Third, this parable gives us a glimpse of the heart of a true shepherd in Jesus Christ. He searches us until He finds us and brings us back to His safety home.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ, the only Good Shepherd who has laid down and given His life for us. There, everyday He watches over every step we take. Let’s follow the path He has set for us, a path that leads us to life rather than death.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You do not rejoice in the loss of one of us, but desires that we be saved and restored to friendship with You. May we always walk in the light of Your truth and never stray from Your loving presence, now and forever. Amen.
Pastoran Sanjaya Muntilan
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