Text (Gospel Story) Luke 15:1-32
Jesus addressed this parable: “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 neighbours and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.
Sharing the Mission
A man has one hundred sheep and loses one. In the story Jesus b rings us right into the heart of God. God thinks of each of the poor as individual s. The poor with whom you are working with have a sense of loss of opportunities or a loss of self-respect, or a loss of money, or a loss of friends or a loss of a sense of direction in lif e. All the poor we meet are suffering from a sense of loss. This parable is also a parable about searching.
The shepherd searches for his lost sheep. A Vincentian is always seeking for the poor, searching for those who are lost in life. We must keep searching out the hidden corners of society for the poor who are lost. The parable is also about rejoicing. The shepherd rejoices when he finds his sheep. We ourselves have a sense of joy when we are close to the poor. The beauty of the parable also reflects the mind and heart of Go d Who is
always searching for our hearts and always rejoicing when He finds them.
How does this Gospel challenge you?
(Leader) Lord, give us hearts of compassion for all those who are “lost, ”
(Together) So that we may suffer with those who suffer.
(Leader) Lord, give us the grace to hear the cries of the poor,
(Together) So that we may be a servant of the most oppressed.
(Leader) Lord, help us not to judge the poor,
(Together) So that we may bring them your love. Amen