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Bible reflection: Joy over the finding of one lost sheep

Michele Frankeni  |  01 December 2019

Each week we consider a Gospel reading from an upcoming weekday Mass. This week we reflect on the joy of finding something that had been lost.

Gospel reading for Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Matthew 18:12-14
The one lost sheep gives him more joy than the ninety-nine that did not stray

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.’


  • How do we become ‘lost’?
  • Why can it be difficult to find your way home again? Think about some of your responses/fears and then imagine Jesus’ answer to them.
  • What other parables does Jesus tell to show how much we mean to God?

Reflection from
Tuesday, 10 December
Isaiah 40:1-11. Psalm 95(96):1-3, 10-13. Matthew 18:12-14
The Lord our God comes in strength – Psalm 95(96):1-3, 10-13
‘He is our only shepherd.’

I must have wandered too far, or taken a wrong turn. I can’t see my flock or my shepherd anywhere. Should I turn around and go back? The longer I’m alone, the more danger I am in. When it gets dark, without my shepherd, who will protect me?

We are all like the lost sheep. Unsure how we found ourselves off God’s path. Wandering, searching for our way back to our flock and to the safety of our shepherd. But if we know our shepherd, we are certain he is looking for us. Even though we are one of many, he knows each of his sheep. If we listen, we will hear his voice. When he comes, he will run to us as if we are his only sheep. And we will feel a deep relief and joy because he is our only shepherd.



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