WEEK TWO OF ADVENT – TUESDAY – DECEMBER 7, 2021 – THE LOST SHEEP (MT 18:12-14)

Prayer:

O Jesus, come and find me

Imagination:

Picture Jesus with His disciples.

Context:

This parable is closely connected to the prodigal Son parable. A hundred sheep was a medium sized flock. The shepherd must have been poor and unable to pay a helper. Matthew’s gospel stresses the shepherd’s unwearied search and his great joy.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.) 

Jesus said to his disciples, “What do you think of this? A man had a hundred sheep and one of them went astray. Does he not leave the ninety-nine and go in search of the one? When he finds it, he rejoices more for the one than for the ninety-nine who did not go astray. 

Even so, it is not my Father’s will. My Father in heaven does not want even one of the little ones to perish.” 

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. To leave ninety nine sheep in the desert is not a rational act. The shepherd thinks with his heart not his head. 
  2. He is alone and does not want to lose the sheep. 
  3. His joy is greater than having the others. 
  4. This is not a temporary finding. The sheep is a symbol of heaven and an eternal union. 
  5. This is exactly the Father’s plan, what he always wanted. 

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • God, I am precious to you. Your saints called you “mad,” in your unreasonable love for me. 
  • Search for me, Jesus, even as I keep wandering. 
  • I will stop running away and let you find me. 
  • O God, your joy will not be complete until our union is forever. 
  • You want me with you. That is your plan. 

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will stop running from God so 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.