Second Week of Advent: Tuesday
Reading: Matthew 18: 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety- nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
Here we share in the personal intimacy that Christ wishes to have with all people. He never judges why someone may walk away from a relationship with him but in love seeks them out to offer them his healing and hope. He offers us a clear example of how we are to relate to all people. There is no place for judgement, criticism or exclusion. Through the graces that he offers us in Word and sacrament we are helped to return to him when we have lost our way. Filled with deep inner joy, we set forth as his co-workers on mission to help others to build a relationship of trust with the Living God. When all are gathered in the fold of the Lord his joy is complete.