6 Dec 2016
God loves his children. And when those who’ve gone astray are back home, it’s a joyous day in heaven. Of course, not everybody who’s lost wants to be found; either that, or they refuse to sit still so they can be found. And this is a reality of the life of faith we all know: God goes in search of his children but, like Adam and Eve in the Garden, we humans can hide ourselves from God.
This is why St. Matthew writes, “If he finds [the lost sheep].” He doesn’t write “when;” he writes “if.” There’s the possibility that in the Shepherd’s search for the lost sheep, the sheep may not be found—not because God stopped looking, but because the lost sheep had no interest in being found.
It’s comforting to know that God desires to know us. It’s good to know that God cares enough that he sent the Word-made-Flesh to come and get us, and bring us home. It’s comforting to know that and believe it. But, unless we show ourselves to God, it’ll only be a comforting thought, not a comforting reality.
If we want Christmas to be a reality, let’s take this time of Advent to show ourselves to God in prayer, in humility, in trust. God is coming toward us. The question is: Are we running toward God? Do we want to be found and brought home?