There Are No Lone Sheep — Just Lost Sheep| National Catholic Register

Cornelius Van Leemputten was a 19th-century Belgian painter whose specialty was sheep. He painted many scenes of sheep and barnyards. That’s why he’s featured for this week’s Gospel. I can’t identify if the illustration above is a single Leemputten painting or part of a bigger painting cropped out by some avidly ovine social media fan. Regardless, it makes Jesus’ (and my) point: you don’t find lone sheep. You’ve heard of lone wolves. Not lone sheep. In this past pandemic year, we’ve heard a lot about “herd immunity” – that if enough members of a given population become immune to a disease, whether by contracting it or being vaccinated, the overall population’s risk decreases because there are fewer contagious individuals to which one might be exposed. “Rugged individualist” sheep are not trailblazers. They’re usually endangered, often hurt, typically “lost sheep.”

There Are No Lone Sheep — Just Lost Sheep| National Catholic Register

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