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Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14): 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?" The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father. 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."

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today we imagine a little and rebellious 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.