Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 11, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
It is not the will of your Father that one of these little ones be lost . . . .
(see Matthew 18:14)
Many read this famous phrase of Jesus and see there an invitation to presumption. Because the Father's will is not so, therefore, no one is lost.
Obviously that is NOT what our Savior meant. Rather, He is telling us that God does not will the loss of one. However, were He to complete the parable He might tell of the rebellious, self-righteous, self-assured sheep, who upon hearing His master's voice or footsteps flees into heavy brush, down dale and up hill, looking to avoid Him.
We can choose to avoid God. But really, that is the odd person among us. What Jesus promises is that when we feel lost, lonely, and tired, when we know we've strayed far, far away from the flock, when we're certain we've wandered down a path so long and deep and dark that we will never be seen again, we can take heart. So long as we will humble ourselves and listen for His voice calling to us, He will find us and bring us home.
We make the choice—not God. Jesus tells us this—it is not the Father's will that even one little one is lost—therefore, if it is to happen, it must be because we desire it.
So, if this season pride, anger, avarice, lust, gluttony, or any other thing creeps into your heart so that you are tempted away—listen for His voice. He is coming soon; indeed, He is on the doorstep knocking. He lives now to serve the Father's will and bring us all home.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
St. Damasus I, pope
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