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The nucleus of a homily by a learned and wise professor and priest.
Sheep are mentioned more than 500 times in Scripture, which is significantly more than any other animal. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, sheep are the favorite analogy in describing people and their relationship with the Father in heaven. We are sheep. While being sheep of our Lord’s flock is a blessing, it isn’t much of a compliment, I am afraid!
But maybe it is; let’s see and have a closer look.
There are quite some negative traits that can be pointed out about sheep:
Whether we like it or not, we are in many ways like sheep. As time passes we get dirty, until it becomes obvious that we need a good cleaning. God offers a good cleaning in the Sacrament of Confession. We require more care than any other animal and God loves to give us that care. We have a mob instinct, but when that is channeled, it can become a great show of unity. We are subject to fear, but he gives us courage and the peace that surpasses all our understanding. We are also timid, but he makes us brave. All of us have a tendency to wander off now and then, but our shepherd always finds us. He forgives us and cleans us so that we are ever presentable to God the Father.
The most important thing is that sheep are clearly God’s favorite animals. In a world filled with majestic animals like lions, horses and eagles, the Lord chose sheep. And there isn’t a better metaphor in Scripture for our relationship to God. We are his sheep. God’s sheep have a special role to play in God’s plan:
With all this, how can we still doubt that we are God’s favorite animal? And should some doubt still linger, think of this: I am one of God’s sheep, and he was willing to die for me. Nothing we have ever done declares our value in God’s eye more than Christ’s death for us. At that historic moment, Jesus laid down his life on the cross for his sheep, and we became priceless. Even the least of Christ’s sheep is of more value than anything else on earth, and the same price was paid for all of us. We may then conclude with Erasmus of Rotterdam: “O dumb sheep you! Did it ever dawn on you that it has pleased God to save the world by foolishness, since it could never be redeemed by wisdom?”
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