In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches us about redemption through the example he gives of the lost sheep. He tells us:
What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
Do we look at others who have fallen away from their faith as lost sheep who must be found, or as sinners whom we must avoid at all costs? Jesus makes it perfectly clear that they are his sheep, whom he longs to find and redeem. As members of the Body of Christ, shouldn’t we do the same?