Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo
today’s hectic world it is easy to feel alone and isolated. We live
in a world with many more people than in the time of our grandparents.
Technology has brought many improvements to our lives, but it has also
made many of our interactions with each other much more impersonal.
We spend a good deal of time waiting. Waiting in lines to take care
of various transactions. Waiting on the phone to speak to a person
rather than a recorded message. We sometimes feel like we are just
a number and that our concerns are not taken personally. And sometimes
we feel very alone and very far from God. We are so busy that it is
difficult to find time for talking with God. We feel that God is far
away and doesn’t have time for us.
I am sure that many people today are like me, and know little
about sheep. We find it difficult to identify ourselves as lost sheep.
But the point of this gospel reading is that God is looking for us.
When we feel far from God we need to hear this message. We need to
know that God is looking for us. Rather than give up hope of being
found, we need to continue to trust in God and beg him to find and help us.
The more alone we feel and the farther from God we feel , the more it is
difficult to trust in God. But God never gives up his search for us.
He will find us. And as St. Luke tells us, there will be great rejoicing
in heaven over one sinner who repents. That one sinner could well be
Jesus, in his public life here on earth, gave us the example
of being often in the company of sinners. He cared very much about
them and helped many of them to repent and be forgiven. Today, the
message of Jesus is that he wants to be with me. He wants to help me
to have the grace to repent of my sins. He will forgive me. Will
I let him find me?
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