THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE LOST SHEEP - 3
Today’s gospel: Matthew 18:12-14
If the lost sheep are the 99 rather than the 1, then let us
tweak Jesus’ words a bit and reverse the situation.
“What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep
and ninety-nine of them go astray, will he not leave the one
in the hills and go in search of the stray?” (v.12).
Will he not be distraught, desperate, extremely worried? Will
he not drop everything, skip his meal, to go immediately in
search of them?
is not just a parable but the reality in the world today.
As such, there is great urgency to the work of the New Evangelization.
100 sheep were already in the sheepfold. They are already
Catholics. But the 99 have strayed away. They are lapsed and
nominal. They have joined sects and cults. They have conformed
themselves to the secular world. But “it is not the
will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones
be lost.” (v.14). The salvation won by Jesus on the
cross is for all. If God would go searching for the one lost
sheep, then how much more for the 99 lost sheep?!
even just one lost sheep is found, then Jesus rejoices (v.13).
How much more would our Lord, together with all the angels
in heaven, rejoice over the 99 who are found and brought back
to the sheepfold?
we, if we are part of that 1% or even if not fully yet, are
the ones tasked by the Master to find and help bring back
those lost sheep, those lapsed Catholics. Do we want to make
our Lord happy? Do we respond with great urgency to the task.
Do we give our all, enduring and persevering through trials
and adversities? Do we praise and thank God for the privilege?
is your opinion?