Sometimes a picture is the best commentary on scripture. Here’s one I find more powerful than any commentary I might read. The Good Shepherd will go in search of any of his flock lost in those distant mountains, the mountains Isaiah describes that God will bring low, providing a path for exiles on their journey to Jerusalem.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care. ISAIAH 40
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.”
Today’s also the feast of St. Nicholas. He’s the patron of Russia as well as the model for Santa Claus. Two video for children, but we can watch too: