a Today’s Gospel (Mt. 18:12-14) is a reminder that God made us to be with Him eternally. He gives us all the graces we need on this journey back to Him. But He also gave us free will and we can, if we are fools, exercise that free will to reject His offer of eternal life. He stands always ready to forgive and extend His merciful arms toward us. He will never give up on us and remains ever willing, as the good Shepherd He is, to welcome us back into His loving arms. But we must want Him to pick us up.