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Liturgical day: Tuesday 19th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 18,1-5.10.12-14): «If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one?». At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, «Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?». Then Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, «I assure you that unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes lowly like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever receives such a child in my name receives me. See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you: their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father. What do you think of this? If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one? And I tell you: when he finally finds it, he is more pleased about it than about the ninety-nine that did not get lost. It is the same with your Father in heaven: there they don't want even one of these little ones to be lost».

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today we imagine a little and rebel lamb by the name of Bel. He often hid when he heard the shepherd’s voice, who was calling him by its name: Bel, Bel! But one day Bel got really lost. The shepherd anxiously looked for him. Until he could finally locate it on the edge of a cliff full of thorns. "Bel, what are you doing here?" Come! Full of scratches, the shepherd whistled happily and returned home with Bel.

"Jesus, you are my shepherd." Never let me stay away from you.