Lost and Found

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 09/09/2016

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

Rejoice with me because I have found my lost…” (Lk 15: 6b)

We might wish to call this week’s reflection Parables Sunday. Jesus tells about losing things like: sheep, coins, and a lost son. The major message to his disciples is to realize the loving concern the good God has for his people especially for sinners who have strayed from the fold. Interestingly, w e humans resemble sheep. With this new insight I will concentrate on sheep in this writing. The source of my reflection is Shepherd’s Prayer by David Murray

Lost and Found

Like sheep, we are at times foolish;
We wildly want to walk, the walk to a different drummer;
Only after time to realize life like this is a bummer.

Slow to learn are we;
We have repeated words and actions that have done us in.
We are slow to recognize the road to repeated sin.

Sheep are unattractive, dirty, ugly, and smelly outside observers say,
True shepherds see sheep in a different way.
They need a shepherd to show them the right way.

Demanding they are and stubborn too.
Sheep like grass; they like to eat.
Try to move these stubborn and expect defeat.

Sheep are strong and often stray; wander they will in night-time or day.
You may find them on a lethal ledge ready to fall.
You might find them in a ditch or brambles and hear its bleating call.

Copycats, they follow a leader not knowing why.
Sheep are restless, forever eating grass sometimes ‘til 3 in the morning.
They are dependent and need their shepherd’s warnings.

Finally, sheep are the same everywhere.
American sheep are the constant in character all over the place.
Where ever you wander near or far you can find their face.

Sheep-like characteristics you will find mirrored in yourself.
Never mind, as you will find truths inside, that set you free.
You who had strayed, who was lost but now found,
will be invited to a banquet on high.
Alleluia, alleluia,

 

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Make a list on the right side write sheep characteristics. On the right column lists its antonym.
    What kind of insight did you gain reflecting upon the parable of lost sheep?
  1. What kind of point is Jesus trying to make in his parables of the lost and found?
  2. How do these parables answer the words spoken by the religious leaders in verse 2?
  3. Which of the characteristics do you find mirrors you?
  4. What kind of steps will you take to become a more positive person?
  5. What finally brought the lost son to his senses?

 

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