Preparing Hearts

Sunday, Feb. 5

Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost sheep. Luke 15: 4-6

In January, prior to receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, fifty of our young brothers and sisters participated in a retreat to prepare their hearts and minds to receive the sacrament. During this retreat they spent some time meditating on the parable of the Found Sheep. Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd. With the children we asked the questions: how long does the Good Shepherd look for his sheep? Why does he look for so long? If Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who then might these sheep be? What does this parable tell us about the Shepherd's love? What is Jesus trying to tell us about HIS love for US?

The beautiful children of this parish shared that WE are the sheep and that Jesus gives us this parable to let us know that even if we wander away, which we do by sinning, he will never, ever, ever, EVER stop looking for us. Why? Because he loves us. Such a simple answer, but one that adults often have a hard time remembering. Jesus will always look for us, he will always want us right by his side. We are his sheep and he loves us. As we approach Lent may we all remember the truth that seems to come so easily to children: Jesus will never stop loving you "no matter what!"

God Bless,

Erin Buchholtz

Elementary and CGS Faith Formation Coordinator