The Slow-Cooked Sentence

Jesus in a tortilla*

Rachael Conlin Levy


Yesterday, my three older kids and I attended a retreat for children preparing to make their First Reconciliation. By volunteering to shepherd five second-graders through the sessions, I enjoyed an hour of knitting and eavesdropping.

Below is a snippet of a conversation between a boy and his teacher, who was explaining the story of the Lost Sheep. She asked if any of the kids had ever been lost, and the boy piped up that he once had been lost in a grocery store.

“How did you feel when you were lost?” she asked.


“Who found you?”

“Nobody. I found my mom.”

The teacher went on to explain how the story is a parable: We are the lost sheep and the Good Shepherd is Jesus. We become lost from Jesus when we sin, she said.

“How do we find our way back to Jesus?” she asked.

The same small boy raised his hand.

“I would run up and down the aisles looking for him.”

* Based on the alleged sighting of Jesus Christ’s face in a tortilla in 1977. For more information about the Shrine of the Miracle Tortilla, click here.

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