Sometimes a picture says it all. Carol Rothstein took this one of shepherds in the Jordan Valley on the way to Jericho. See those mountains in the background? Can you imagine one of those shepherds taking off to find one of his flock lost and wandering up there. Listen to the words of Jesus. Did he pass this way and see a sight like this that prompted his words about God’s merciful love, which we read at today’s Mass?
“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.” (Matthew)
That’s a picture of God’s mercy.