By Sem. Lester John D. Cabais
It is the desire of God that no one should perish and come to the knowledge of His mercy and compassion. Many times we break the heart of God by our sins, mistakes and some personal issues but as the Scripture tells us, ‘where sin abounds grace all the more abounds.’ It is the very reason why the Gospel also tells us that God would leave the ninety-nine and go in search of the stray – magnifying God’s mercy and compassion. In the eyes of God, every sinner has the capacity to transcend to a better disposition. This is a gift and favor of God to all of us. How many times that we had lived our lives as if there was no God, death and judgment? In spite of this, God still chose to give us a chance to amend our wrongdoings. In His love and compassion, He untiringly and patiently searches for us to send us back into His flock.
Evidently, this very nature of God is also a reflected trait in man himself. The Gospel invites us to be patient with those who are not obedient with God and also with our own share of iniquity against Him. Christ, our Lord, will always look for us; ready to bring us back to the flock He purchased by His own blood. Let us discern well how we often go astray from His presence and how prompt He is in searching for us to bring us back in His embrace. Remember that patience is the key and we give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to change the desires of our hearts and conform it to what God desires for us. The Lord is merciful and loving; and inspite of our transgressions, He sent His only begotten Son to redeem us because of His abounding mercy for us. May we always approach God with a repentant heart.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”