From a Creighton Student's Perspective
November 3, 2011
Junior, Social Work and Spanish Double Major
Why were the tax collectors and the sinners so attracted to Jesus? Isn’t it strange that the so called ¨bad¨ were so attracted to the good? What was he saying that was so inviting to this demographic? Jesus´ message must have been along the lines of: ¨Go forth and do what you like.¨ Right?
Of course Jesus´ message was one of love and forgiveness, not moral relativity. So what is it about this message of Christ’s that is so intriguing to stormy hearts? One thing, I’m sure, was his story of the lost sheep in today’s Gospel. The clear message in the story was not: if you mess up I will leave you and never come back, but the exact opposite: if you make a mistake or fall behind, I will stop and search for you at potentially a great personal cost. We all have ways in which we’re just a little bit lost, but Jesus will leave the other 99 in an instant to search for each of us.
I think the attraction of Jesus´ message was the beauty of his love and calling of each person. Each soul yearns for this love, but sometimes we just don’t know how to find it. We try all of the wrong things, all of the sins, but we really are searching for Christ’s love. However, we learn today that if we ask him, Christ will come find us like his lost sheep.
You are beautiful and loved so much.
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