Thursday 31st Week of the Year
It won’t take much for any of us to pause for a moment and think back when we were so lost or in such a rut that He searched us out and brought us back to His heart.
Joy! That precious fruit of the Holy Spirit, or, if you like, the experience of being loved by Jesus!
Joy is one of the reasons why people were drawing near to listen to Jesus.
All their lives they heard how bad they were,
these commoners, tax collectors, and sinners.
“Here is someone who isn’t telling us how bad we are.
“I feel when He speaks or whenever I am in His presence,
that He’s picking me up and putting me on his shoulder.
“I’m the coin that He sweeps the floor
and searches diligently until he finds it.”
This is the beautiful thing about the Gospel my friends,
especially when it is proclaimed at Mass
or read carefully in the silence of our hearts –
we become the characters of Jesus parables.
It won’t take much for any of us to pause for a moment
and think back when we were so lost
or in such a rut that He searched us out
and brought us back to His heart.
It doesn’t matter whether we created the distance
or life just got the better of us.
Anytime day or night, we can pause
and have every confidence
that God takes into account our weakness
and has great pity on us.
Not the pity looks down on us,
but the pity that is sad and hurts with us
until we embrace His merciful love.
Sometime every day we need to draw near and listen to Jesus.
When we do, what will we experience? JOY!!!