It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost. (Matthew 18:14)
First, let’s raise our hands to make it perfectly clear that we certainly do consider ourselves “little ones.”
Gamboling little sheep with little brains.
We acknowledge that we are highly prone to disorientation. And, once disoriented, we find ourselves utterly defenseless.
So: Yes, we see that we are very small and shaky, Lord. As the prophet Isaiah put it: We are like grass that can and will wilt.
Second, let’s rejoice in knowing the will of our heavenly Father.
Our first reading at Holy Mass today paints the grand picture: “A rugged land shall be made plain, the rough country, a broad valley.” The Lord comes with power to gather his lambs, and He leads his ewes with care. He makes it possible for us little lambs to travel to the holy mountain.
The good God has a kind heart. He wills our salvation, not our demise. He intervenes to help us elude the wolves. By using these lovely pastoral metaphors, the Son of God has revealed the secret center of everything. The secret center of everything is: God’s tender love.