A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 18:12-14
Jesus said to his disciples:
12 “What is your opinion? 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?
13 And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
14 In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”
Reflection: Searching for the lost
God loves each one of us. Yes, every one of us is special in His eyes. No matter how insignificant we feel of ourselves, our creator who happens to be our Father too thinks highly of us. That is why He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Indeed, Jesus left the safety and comfort of heaven to find the lost including you and me. This is the real meaning of Christmas, the celebration of the incarnation. We celebrate because we were lost but the King searched and found us.
Now, it is upon us to do the same. Let us go and search for the lost ones and bring them back to the fold.