Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-2, 3, 10, 11-12, 13; Mt 18:12-14

When I was in 5th grade, I remember Sister Rita Therese telling us about this parable. I could picture all those sheep grazing in a grassy pasture and one wandering off for an adventure on its own. What I couldn’t figure out was why on earth a shepherd would leave all those sheep to go search out that one adventuresome one! It just didn’t make sense to me. In fact, I thought it was actually foolish for the shepherd to leave those “good” sheep all alone without any protection to go find the “lost” one. Now that I am older (and hopefully wiser) I realize that Jesus didn’t always do things that made sense at first. We have to dig to find the meaning. What a wonderful, awesome God we have who does what many think is ridiculous – goes out and finds the one who is lost (sinner, wayward one) and brings that one back home to Him. Jesus, come find me!

Gloria Costanza
Pilgrim, St. Anthony’s HS