24th Sun Year C
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
God is always looking for us in the circumstances of our lives, so how come we don’t experience this more often? Maybe it is because of our reaction to what happens when God comes near to us. We can experience being ‘found’ or ‘found out’. When we are found out, we feel shame, guilt, embarrassment at having been caught in sin or inadequacy. But when we are found, we experience relief that there is an end to the mess we have been making of our lives, hope that we can change for the better and joy that God is coming in and taking direction of us. If we focus on being found out, we are likely to run away even more and indulge in defensive behaviour that denies the parlous state we are in. If we accept we have been found, our eyes are opened gradually to see how deeply we have messed up – not as a means to humiliate us, but rather so that we can see how immense God’s grace is towards us and what creative and life-giving things God can do with our mess.
How do we know where we are lost? Consider where we are floundering – as individuals, as a community, as a Church. Now, do you want to be found or found out?