So Jesus told them this parable: “Who among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and seek the lost one till he finds it? And finding it, will he not joyfully carry it home on his shoulders? Then he will call his friends and neighbors together, and say, ‘Celebrate with me, for I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner, than over ninety-nine decent people, who do not need to repent.
In our Gospel, we see God’s love in seeking the lost one and rejoicing in finding that lost one. This lost one is so important that He is willing to leave the other ninety-nine to find Him. This is, in no way, a show of favoritism. This parable does not also say that the ninety-nine are not important. Rather, this parable teaches us that in God’s eyes, each one of us is loved.
This story tells us that God, like a good shepherd, is willing to find whoever is lost among us. He insists that sinners must be sought and saved. God calls all of us to come back to Him. He wants us to be saved that is why we must always ask sorry for our sins, go to confession and change for the better. /Vulnerasti, 2022