Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
August 14, 2018 – Tuesday
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12, 14
"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?"
Ever wonder what was in the mind of Jesus when He abandoned his usual routine with His flock to search for the one astray? To risk for one and leave the majority may seem a waste of time and energy, but Jesus’ logic is different! When He decided to look for one lost sheep, in His mind was not a number, but a life – a precious life that He does not want to take away from Him.
Jesus continues to love us that way today. He hopes for our lives that when we get lost, He won’t look down on us, instead He will look after us. And this is what He invites us also to do with others. Hanging around the faithful ones are good, but more than that, we are called to be like a child – vulnerable and humble enough to reach out for the people we see have gone astray. One heart at a time and surely, it will bring so much joy in Him as how joyful He was when He found the lost sheep!
What is your attitude towards your lost brothers and sisters? Mother Mary, may we be open like you to allow Jesus to mold in us the heart of a Good Shepherd.