Parable of the Lost Sheep
And he spake unto them this parable, saying, ” What man of you, having a hundred sheep, and having lost one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and his neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine righteous persons, who need no repentance”.
I saw him from a distance. What was in his arm was unmistakable. I wondered why such an elderly gentleman, who walked with a stoop, be carrying a a goat calf instead of making it walk. Then I understood, the calf would not follow him unless the mother was also along side them. When he was within earshot, he confirmed that the mother had wandered off from where the flock was grazing and the calf followed. These goats were probably his most valuable possessions and he was not about to lose one, let alone two.