Today’s Reading: Matthew 18:12-26
This is Matthew’s “follow up” to the teaching about becoming like little children. Remember the apostles had asked the question, “who is the greatest?” (Mark 9:34, 35).
There are three parts to this reading: (1) The parable of the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine in search of one that was lost, (2) Instructions concerning a brothers who sins against us, and (3) A statement regarding the authority of the apostles.
Question: How does Jesus parable about the shepherd leaving the ninety-nine fit in with the discussion about becoming like, not despising, and not offending the “little ones”?