Hide and Seek!

December 6, 2016
Tuesday of the Second Week in Advent
The Gospel Today
Matthew 18:12-14

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.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Ramon Junior C. Jamora)

I loved to play hide and seek when I was still young. I was so good in hiding and evading the seeker. I seldom became the seeker because I was so good at reaching the base before the seeker. But, I never liked being a seeker. It was a nightmare for me. My emotions were heightened every time I got to be the seeker.

I was fond of sleeping over at my cousin’s place. I stayed over the weekend and played with my best friend cousin together with his older brother.

One afternoon, the three of us decided to play hide and seek. Unfortunately, when it was my turn to be the seeker, I had a hard time finding them. Their house had so many rooms and secret passages. After a long time of looking for them, I gave up. I cried so hard and even screamed because I thought they left me alone in the house. I was so mad at my older cousin because he allowed it to happen. When they showed themselves it was a mixture of annoyance and joy. I got annoyed because first, I was not able to find them, and they were so good in hiding. I felt joy because finally they were found. It was my most relieving experience during my childhood days.

In the Gospel, I feel that the same holds true with the man who finds the lost sheep. Not so much of annoyance or any negative feeling but the joy of being able to find something that is lost gives joy.

God has always and will always be looking for us. Our Father rejoices when we come to terms with Him. He rejoices when we change our hearts for the good. God finds joy when He embraces us back to His arms.

God is good and He always wants us to be in that state. God does not will anything against goodness.

If we love God, who is good, why do we hide ourselves in sin, that is bad?

Let God find you!

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