Posted by: livingscripture | December 6, 2016

Second Tuesday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY 

What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?  And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.  In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost. (Matthew 18: 12)

 How shall I live this Word?Shephrd1[1]

“What is your opinion?” This is a question that calls to us and  helps us to enter into this situation.  What do you say?  When you lose something that is dear to your heart, and you cannot find it anymore, what do you do and how do you feel?  When you lose something, you see clearly how much value it has for you and how you are affectionately tied to it.  We look for it until we find what we have lost!  How happy we are when we find it!  The heart and mind are serene and everything seems to focus on the object found.

This is what God does for us.  He looks for us anxiously and His love is ready for anything!  He looks for what has been lost, that He no longer has and cannot find.  He looks for you and me and us.  Perhaps we do not know that we are lost; we do not believe anyone is looking for us.  Instead, He is like a lover who seeks His beloved; who looks for us because we are precious in His eyes (Cf. Isaiah 43: 4) and He wants to restore our dignity as His beloved children.  And while He is looking for me, am I looking for Him?  He is the only One I should seek.  How present is He in my will, my sentiments, my decisions?

May Jesus’ looking for me and my looking for Him set the rhythm of my days, as the beats of my heart.

Let me seek You always, Lord!

 The Voice of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini 

We thank you O Lord, because in Your Gospel You manifest Yourself to us as mercy that looks for us, that looks for all human beings…I thank You, Father, because you are seeking and seek each one of us.  You want to continually redo, rehabilitate, reintegrate us into a pure conscience, into a limpid Gospel authenticity, into a serene acceptance of Your plan…Grant O Lord, that we may let You seek us into the depths of ourselves, placing no resistance to Your search.  Grant that we may open ourselves to the lamp with which You scrutinize the fissures of our pavement to find that something in us which has yet to be valued.  O Father, grant that we let ourselves be evaluated by Your Son’s search, that we do not give Him a poor and anguished self-concept, but that we let Him reintegrate us into our fullness, that which You, in Your divine plan, preordained for each of us in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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