Eureka! Eureka! I have found you! I have found you!
MEDITATION: The Gospel for this Tuesday shows us that Jesus Christ is asking for our opinion. We are told by our Lord that a sheep had gone astray leaving its 99 fellow sheep that a man owns. The man here is our God and the sheep who had gone astray is a fellow of us loved so much by God but he walked all alone without God and without us his brothers and sisters who were together with our God. We see how God leaves just for the only one who had gone astray to search him, while leaving the other 99 sheep. The 99 sheep that God left do not shows that they can stand on their own without God; it just so happens that God left them in search for the only one who had gone astray, the other 99 sheep was left by God in a safe place where they can roam around without straying, they were in that safe place of God as if God is still with them for they are still cared where they were, even if God left them for the one and only sheep that was gone astray. How important that lost sheep is! But do not dare to be lost too like that of the lost sheep so God may find you too and rejoice for you, for God will punish you severely if you've done this.
In God’s Advent or arrival for us, let us be always sensitive enough to know that He is looking for us. He is in search for us. What are we doing to repay that untiring search of God for us? Let’s look also for God for we can hear His searching call for us. We can hear His voice in, take note, every moment of our lives. What we must do is not just to hear Him but to listen to Him. We can see God every day, provided that we just don’t notice that He’s just there, but also we must look for Him for He is there for us. We must seek Him.
But do not tell me that you are now doing what I said above. Maybe in yourself you see God and you know He sees you, but it is just the eyes that sees. It is just the eyes that see the outward appearance. What is important here is to ask you yourself: Do God found me in my heart? Do I found God in my heart? For do not deceive yourself I tell you. You cannot found God if you do not see Him with your heart. In finding and searching God, it is the heart to be used, not the eyes. God sees you of course and He always found you for He is always in search for you. For know that, “Happy are the pure of heart for they will see God.” He always found you. The question is: have you found Him? I think the sound judgement will be made after you seek His forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession.
But God will not cease to find us. That’s how great the love of God for us. When you know in yourself that you found God who is always in search for you, know that God found you first before you found Him. He will rejoice now that He brought you back in Him and to us your brothers and sister sheep. In God’s rejoicing on having you again, we your brothers and sister will rejoice together with God! That’s how important you are for Him. And for us, we know that to you who were brought back by God, we must also rejoice and know how important you are for God!
In our Gospel, we must know that in order for us not to stray, we must be with the Church always, having Jesus Christ as our shepherd. Our heavenly Father does not will or intends anyone of us to be lost. God wills that everyone must be found through Jesus Christ. Our Lord is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
You, what is your share on searching and looking out for our lost brothers and sister? Have you done your part in bringing them back to God? For know that we are our brother’s keeper.
“Jesus, I trust in You” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”
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