Ninety-nine percent of the time, each One of us is part of the 99.
Ninety-nine percent of the time it is NOT all about me (literally).
Jesus said: "What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it?" (Luke 15:4)
Jesus gives full attention to the One.
Some of the Ones:
--The woman with the hemorrhage. (Mark 5:21-34)
--The daughter of Jairus. (Mark 5:35-43)
--The healing of the deaf man. (Mark 7:31-37)
--The cure of the blind man at Bethsaida. (Mark 8:22-26)
--The cure of Simon's mother-in-law. (Mark 1:29-31)
--Cure of a leper. (Mark 1:40-45)
--Jesus cures a demoniac. (Mark 1:21-28)
--Cure of a paralytic. (Mark 2: 1-12)
Jesus continues: "And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on
his shoulders..." (Luke 15:5)
During these times, Jesus is NOT paying attention to the ninety-nine.
Lots of the time the gospels share the grumbling of the ninety-nine. Jesus is not paying attention to them. They are jealous. They are not the focus. They are being over-looked. What about me? I think that the gospels sometimes share and sometimes leave out the conversations among the ninety-nine. For example:
--"The scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying: "'Beelzebul is in him,' and, 'It is through the prince of devils that he casts devils out.'" (Mark 3:22)
--"They began to implore Jesus to leave the neighborhood." (Mark 5:17)
--"What authority have you for acting like this?" (Mark 11:28)
--"And they would have liked to arrest him, because they realized that the parable was aimed at them..." (Mark 12:12)
--Peter, James and John were with Jesus at the time of the transfiguration. (Mark 9:2-8) What was the conversation of the apostles who were left behind?
--"'What about us,' Peter asked him. 'We have left everything and followed you.' (Mark 10: 28-31)
--Vying to be the One, James and John ask Jesus: "Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left." (Mark 10:35-40)
--"'Why waste this ointment?'...and they were angry with her. But Jesus said, 'Leave her alone. Why are you upsetting her?'" (Mark 14:3-9)
--"...he appeared first to Mary of Magdala...But they did not believe her..." (Mark 16:9-11)
Jesus continues: "...and then when he got home, call together his friends and neighbors? 'Rejoice with me,' he would say 'I have found my sheep that was lost.'" (Luke 15:6-7)
Even Jesus could only focus on One at a time. We are no greater than the Master.
Whenever we make a choice for the One, we are not choosing the ninety-nine. Only Jose received a new pair of legs and there are plenty of others who need them.
Jesus did not allow the grumbling or misunderstanding or jealously of the ninety-nine to distract him from the One or to discourage him or to give up.
Jesus asks only that we REJOICE with this One and that One.
--How do I respond when I am among the ninety-nine?
--When have I singled out One instead of passing by or making an excuse that I just don't have enough _______ (fill in the blank) for the ninety-nine?
--Many of the poor live on $1 a day (literally). May others live on $99 a day (or more) (literally). Add it up. What is the cost for you to have food, shelter, water, electricity, clothing, school....for a day. Clearly, we are among the ninety-nine.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012