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“So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” -Luke 15:3-6

“‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” -Matthew 18:10-14

While considering the 99% movement, and the 1% who hold the wealth, the parable of the one lost sheep out of the one hundred came to mind. As with any parable, this one is not a black and white definition of those who are lost and those who are not. Many of those in the 99% strive to be the 1%. Many of those in the 1% are philanthropists and would gladly pay their fair share of taxes, like Warren Buffett.

The lost sheep are those who value wealth and power above the welfare of their neighbor. Whether they are in the 99% or the 1%, we need to go in search for those that have gone astray. When we find them, and bring them back, we will rejoice.

“We love God precisely by loving our neighbor” -Martin Luther

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