O Jesus, come and find me.
Picture Jesus with His disciples.
The parable of the Lost Sheep is connected to the Prodigal Son. Both show God’s love for the sinner. A hundred sheep was a medium sized flock. The shepherd must have been poor, unable to pay a helper. Matthew’s gospel stresses the shepherd’s unwearied search. Here, Luke’s gospel centers on God’s joy on the last day.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- To leave ninety-nine sheep in the desert is not a rational act. The shepherd thinks with his heart.
- He does not abandon his search, until he finds his lost sheep.
- He does not scold the sheep but sees its wariness and places it on his shoulder.
- His joy cannot be contained. Friends and neighbors must share in it.
- This is not temporary. Finding the sheep is a symbol of heaven and an eternal union.
- God’s joy overflows to the angels. The soul that was lost for a time is now found for an eternity.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- God, I am precious to you.
- Your saints say you are “Mad” in your unreasonable love for me.
- You never abandon your search for me.
- O Jesus, carry me on your shoulders.
- Jesus, your joy will not be complete until I am with you forever.
- You give your angels charge over me. They, too, rejoice at my return.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will stop running from God. In this way, He can find me more quickly.
+ I will recall those special moments when God found me.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
There will be rejoicing among the angels.