The Parable of the Lost Sheep
10 “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
Little ones. In most instances, little ones refers to children. However, in this instance, it more than likely isn't talking about kids, but rather the vulnerable. Matthew's community was struggling. They were trying to keep their faith strong and their community together all while battling difficult circumstances and external pressure. They were a small community, and Jesus' declaration that he would always side with the weak and the vulnerable gave them the hope and strength they needed to make it. There are moments in each and every one of our lives when we feel weak, and we need to hear that God will leave his ninety-nine sheep on the mountain, seek us out, and rejoice that we are safe and sound again.
Dear God, please help me to learn how to come closer to you and help you help others. Thank you for always being there for me. Amen.
How can you be the person in someone else's life who never give up on them?