He Seeks The Unruly

220px-Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Good_Shepherd_(Le_bon_pasteur)_-_James_Tissot_-_overall copy 2We are misled by the religious pictures which depict Jesus as the good shepherd carrying a cuddly white lamb on his shoulder. A lamb will hardly stray from its mother. It is the troublesome, obstreperous sheep which is likely to go astray, going through the fence, having its wool torn and probably ending up in a ditch of dirty water. It is this dirty, smelly, riotous creature, which the good shepherd goes after, leaving the good, well-behaved ninety-nine in the wilderness, and when he finds it, why, he carries it on his shoulder and calls his friends to celebrate with him.

–Desmond Tutu,
Hope and Suffering

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