What a beautiful picture – Jesus carrying home upon his shoulder the lamb who had wandered, not knowing the way to come home.
We are like the lamb in this image. We are the one who has lost our way and we might wonder about whether or not we can find our way home again. It is our relationship with Jesus Christ that allows us to return to God with all our
heart, knowing that God will always lift us up from the depths of sin and carry us in the most difficult times that we might be reunited with Him.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when upon self- examination you think you may not be worthy of returning to God? Have you ever lost your way so significantly by your words or actions that you wonder if you can be forgiven? We need not wonder. We need to believe – to believe in Jesus Christ who, sent by the Father, gave his life as a ransom for our sins – for all the times that we have strayed and lost our way. Through the death and resurrection and the incredible mercy of a most loving and forgiving Father, our debt has been paid. Jesus lifted humanity upon his shoulders and brought them home to the Father.
What can we do but rejoice! What can we do but be grateful! What we must do, for we are called to action through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is to live our lives in such a way that we honor God in all our actions, our words, our attitude. We must in the spirit of thanksgiving make every effort to not stray, to not sin, knowing always that if we fall or get lost again, Jesus is there for us.
We must be authentic in our desire to stay close to Jesus. We must be deliberate in our actions of reaching out to love and serve God’s people. We must stand in solidarity with the poor and uphold the dignity of every human being. We must be strong, dependent upon God for our strength, that we might be a light in this world that many times seems dark. We are Christians. We belong to the family of God. We must become to the best of our ability, all that God intended we be.
Help us Lord, not to stray from you and your love. Be with us as we struggle to stay on the right path and guide our steps that we might always travel the path that leads to you. We ask this in your name. Amen.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC