St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Isaiah 40:1-11 + Matthew 18:12-14
December 7, 2021
“… it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”
It’s always comforting to think of the Good Shepherd. But why does the Church evoke this image today on a weekday of Advent?
In today’s brief Gospel Reading, Jesus speaks to the motive of His Incarnation. While there have been theologians who have speculated that the Son of God would have become human even had mankind never sinned, in the actual course of salvation history, man did sin. In response to man’s sin, God could have freely chosen to abandon His fallen creature.
Instead, God chose from Heaven to act like a Good Shepherd. He descended from the perfection of Heaven in order to enter a world of sin and darkness. The sacrifice of His whole self—Body and Blood, soul and divinity—within that world reflects the love of God’s divine nature, which through the Incarnation you and I have the chance to enter into for eternity.