Lost Sheep

A wise businessman would probably answer the question in the gospel in the negative. No, he would not go to look for the stray one. It is not good sense. He might lose the ninety- nine while looking for just one simple ordinary sheep. Simple mathematics and common sense dictates to just forget about the one solitary sheep.

How do we make decisions in our lives? Most of the time, we simply use common sense and human reasoning, but God does not think the way we think. Many decisions of the Lord are against human logic and common sense. He takes a chance with the lowly and the weak. He chose to send the Savior to be born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes and raised as a son of a mere carpenter. God could have sent a mightier figure, surely one who could persuade mankind in a more powerful manner. God has chosen to humble the learned with the logic of faith and love. Many times love is not rational. Love means to sacrifice our intelligence and our self-preservation instinct and to take a chance, to take a risk. The Father in heaven has chosen to take a risk in looking for us because we are the lost sheep. We are bad risks, bad gambles with our unfaithfulness and our sins, and yet, God is ready to take a chance with us. And the reason is out of love for us. He desires all not to be lost. Thank God, our God is not a businessman. We are not just one of the sheep, one of many. A child is not just one of the children. Each child is special and unique and that’s how God sees us – each one special. When we hear this gospel, we should consider each of us as specially loved as the stray sheep was cared for. And out of gratitude, when God looks for us and finds us, let us go back to Him and stay with Him.