Monday, October 1, 2007
Mandala of the Good Shepherd.
Another Parable that Jesus told his disciples was that of the Good Shepherd. The shepherd goes in search of the one lost sheep, which he brings back to the round fold of his ninety nine sheep. The Shepherd is himself the door of the sheepfold. This door can be related to the eye of the Sun. In fact in ancient religious symbolism, the Sun is also thought of as a shepherd, and the clouds in the heavens are his woolly sheep. The number ninety nine, is eleven times nine. The Twelfth part (like the final hour which makes up the Day) is the Lord, carrying back the missing sheep.