Gospel of the day

Tuesday December 06, 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 18:12-14.

Jesus said to his disciples: 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? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.

Reflection

Commentary Basil of Seleucia
Let us consider Christ, our shepherd; let us look at his love for us and his gentleness in leading us to pasture. He delights in the sheep around him even as he seeks for the ones that stray. Hills and forests are no obstacle to him; he runs into the valley of darkness, down to where the lost sheep is to be found. When he finds it to be sick he does not cast it aside but heals it; taking it on his shoulders, he tends the weary sheep with his own weariness. His exhaustion makes him happy because he has found the lost sheep and this cures him of his suffering. "Which of you," he says, "having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them does not leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness to go after the one that was lost until he finds it?" The loss of a single sheep disturbs the happiness of the gathered flock but the joy of finding it again casts this sadness out: "When he finds it... he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep'" (Lk 15,5-6). This is the reason why Christ – who is this shepherd – said: "I am the good shepherd" (Jn 10,11). "The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal" (Ex 34,16).