“He will leave the other ninety-nine grazing on the hill-side and go and look for the lost sheep.” (Mt 17:27)
Meditation: What an assurance Jesus has on this matter! “He will leave the other ninety-nine grazing on the hill-side and go and look for the lost sheep.” Ok, well and good! I do want to ask you personally, what do you think about this? Will anyone leave the ninety-nine and go in search of the lost one? Of course, when the division-fall is close at hand and you are short of one, you surely will go for the one and the only one. It is of great value, surely. Yes, in the beginning stage of your growth, when you had very few, how caring and concerned you were, and how inclusive you were. And what happened to you now. What made you, become more selective, go for screening and interviews, ask for reasons of absence, and think of giving punishments. I believe that when you think in terms of business and profits, going after a lost one, at the risk of losing few more, is certainly a big loss; for you can make up the one percentage loss caused by the loss of one with the other ninety-nine with you. Mathematically, you are perfectly all right. Then, why did Jesus think just the opposite way? I do believe that it is only because Jesus came into this world and gave up his life on the cross so that we all may have eternal life in its abundance. Or he might have thought of the pain of the lost one’s loss of the ninety-nine. The pain of the parish community over the one, excommunicated may not be greater than the pain of the excommunicated one’s loss of the entire community.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Whenever we prove ourselves unchristian in our relations and dealings, come to our help and make our heart and mind enlightened. Lord, send your Holy Spirit and fill us with gifts so that we may understand better the pain of the lost ones and go after them. Amen!
Greetings: Take courage God is with you! Have a nice and blissful day…