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December 10th, 2013
John Walawender
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“What is your opinion?” Often we are asked this question multiple times per week or even multiple times per day. What if Jesus asked you this question? How would you respond? In today’s Gospel reading Jesus asks his followers to answer this question. In Matthew 18: 12-14, Jesus tells the parable of the sheep that strays. He asks the disciples if the shepherd would leave the other 99 in search of the lost one.

I believe there are two factors to consider here: (1) that Jesus wants to help those that are lost and (2) He leaves the other 99 as he goes to help the lost one. First, God wants us all to be close to him; when we stray, he will seek us out. We must allow Jesus to find us. We see in the earlier readings from Isaiah: 40 that every mountain shall be made low and every valley shall be filled in allowing “the glory of God to be revealed, and all people shall see it together.” Jesus left the flock to seek the lost sheep. He knew that the other sheep would take care of each other. The responsorial Psalm reaffirms that God has the power to help us when we go astray.

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