Jesus said to his disciples, «What do you think of this? If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won't he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one? And I tell you: when he finally finds it, he is more pleased about it than about the ninety-nine that did not get lost. It is the same with your Father in heaven: there they don't want even one of these little ones to be lost».
The Christian faith is a love relationship with the Father of Jesus. Jesus helps us to understand the joy and the pain of the Father. It’s really painful, particularly when we lose someone very precious to us. Those who have understood this pain of separation or losing, will certainly understand the joy of the Father.
Jesus is assuring us, that His Father will do, with all His capacity to save us and to make us happy. Sadly, He won’t do against our own free will. He can call, he can come and wait, he can send his only begotten son, and even allow a shameful death of His son, to save us.
The only way to respond to this love is conversion. This conversion, is not for ourselves. It is to save the whole humanity. If we wish to cooperate in this salvific mission of the Father, which He has entrusted to His only begotten Son, then the first step is to get ourselves converted.
There is a process and it’s important that we understand this. This conversion will create a proximity with God, which is desired by the Father, and this proximity will help us to understand the divine will and this understanding can orient us to make a better discernment and this discernment will lead us towards a good decision and action. Let us not forget that the conversion itself is our response to the divine love.
Action of the day: Open your heart and eyes, listen to the joy and the cry of the Father.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
A small seed produces a great tree,
by John Chrysostom (347-407 AD)
"Do you see in how many ways he leads us to care for our worthless brothers? Don’t therefore say, 'The fellow's a smith, a cobbler, a farmer; he's stupid,' so that you despise him. In case you suffer the same, see in how many ways the Lord urges you to be moderate and enjoins you to care for these little ones. He placed a little child in the midst and said, 'Become like children,, and, 'Whoever receives one such child, receives me.' But 'whoever causes one of these to sin' will suffer the worst fate. And he was not even satisfied with the example of the millstone, but he also added his curse and told us to cut off such people, even though they are like a hand or eye to us. And again, through the angels to whom these small brothers are handed over, he urges that we value them, as he has valued them through his own will and passion. When Jesus says, 'The Son of man came to save the lost (Luke 19:10),' he points to the cross, just as Paul also says, writing about his brother for whom Christ died (Romans 14:15). It does not please the Father that anyone is lost. The shepherd leaves the ones that have been saved and seeks the one lost. And when he finds the one that has gone astray, he rejoices greatly at its discovery and at its safety." (excerpt from the THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, HOMILY 59.4)