Tuesday 2nd Week of Advent
To shepherd those who are lost.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go in search of someone
who has lost the way of Jesus, pick them up on our shoulders
and carry them back to the Altar of Sacrifice?
It isn’t so simple.
They have a free will.
But alone they don’t know how to cry, “Lord, have mercy”.
However they came to be lost,
through their own bad choices or through a deep hurt,
they have a story to tell.
Listening to their story is key to them finding their way back to Christ’s table.
Pray for the courage to listen and in listening suffer with them.
Listen with your heart.
The head wants to fix them.
The heart wants to love them right where they are.
Now we are in the presence of Jesus.
Their sharing is their cry for mercy.
Seeking what is lost only begins in us
when we love them more than we want to fix them.
We continue to seek what is lost
when we walk with them through their darkness.
Seeking out what is lost for Christ is not a time
for judging or fixing or putting anything right.
We don’t have that ability or power.
But we do have a heart to suffer with them.
When they experience that compassion in us,
they will know they are in the presence of THE Shepherd.
Then they will be ready for Him
to put them on his shoulders and carry them home.
Our listening heart is the healing presence of Jesus
in depths only Jesus can go.
Listen well, my friends. Listen well.