Commentary on the Gospel of
One can understand the good shepherd’s love for the lost one. But how about the safety of the ninety-nine? Why does he abandon them? Doesn’t he love them as much as the lost one?
In truth, the good shepherd does not abandon the ninety-nine. There is no loss of love for them either. The clue lies in where he leaves the ninety-nine before going after the lost one—he leaves them on the hillside. The mountain of the Lord. Ever since the season of Advent began, we had been listening to the description of the mountain of the Lord. On his mountain, everyone is safe. No one preys on the other. There is enough food and drink for all. The ninety-nine are in the safest place. On the hillside, they are under the watchful gaze of the Father.
God loves the sinner. He loves the just as well. And all those in between. No amount of good works will make God love you more. No amount of sins will make God love you less. Because He loves everyone to the extreme—even to the point of descending to hell, as the Creed tells us.
Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - firstname.lastname@example.org