In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost”. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance’.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who knows exactly where to find the lost sheep, just as, in the garden of Eden, God knew where to find Adam, who had hidden from Him.

These are the last verses of Psalm 119: ‘I long for thy salvation, O Lord, and thy law is my delight. Let me live, that I may praise thee, and let thy ordinances help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments’. May we know ourselves truly found and brought home by the Lord, and may He bless us this day.