Saturday, 8 December 2018
Because we have freedom we are able to wander where we want. We are able to move away from God, to the point where we no longer believe in Him; if this is what we want.
But this does not stop Him of searching for us. Encouraging us to return to His love and home.
As Jesus said, He will leave the ninety-nine sheep to go searching for the lost one.
Of course, not every one returns to God. Some decide to go and wander their own way.
But God never stops calling. Sometimes, something someone says, a chance meeting with someone, or an event in one's life, may be enough to trigger our attention. To make us think again. Perhaps hear His voice ... and return to Him.
Christmas is the time when people sometimes visit the church. Often, they probably just go to church just once a year - at Christmas.
Our church is always full to capacity at Christmas. Especially for midnight Mass, when the pubs are shut and people call in on their way home.
Of course they are welcome. Who knows, the few minutes that they are there in church something inside them may light up like a small flame that makes them want to return for ever.
This Christmas, if you know someone who does not go to church, why not invite them for just one occasion.
Who knows ... that might be enough to make them hear the call their soul yearns for.
What a privilege if, through you, someone returns to God.