Scripture Reading – Luke 15:21-24
Then his son said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “We are going to have a celebration, because this son of mine was lost and is found”.
“I have long believed, and often said, that humanity is all the time in search of God, though often we do not know it. But, in so far as we are searching for truth, for goodness, for beauty,and in so far as we are in search of love, of justice, of happiness, then we are in search of God. If we live those search experiences, so I believe, we catch a glimpse of God.
Humanity is in search of God, but only because God is in search of humanity. It is always that way round, for in every case, and at every moment, the initiative is always his.
Can anything be more moving, more consoling, than this little scene, which speaks so eloquently of the way God sees and understands each one of us? Just think of those words – your father sees you, takes pity on you, and running up, will throw his arms around your neck and kiss you.
The Father is in search of us always, his wayward sons and daughters. But as we pursue our search for God, we shall, as the search progresses, discover Christ. Wounded though we are, lost though we often seem to be, mistaken many a time in the way we should search and serve, nonetheless we come back always to him.”
Father, help me to search for you, as you search for me, always.
For the Cardinal Hume Centre
Father, let the Centre be a place of welcome to all those who are lost.
“I was nervous about coming, but when I did, I was so impressed. I thought, finally here are human beings with a heart, and I started to feel hope again.”
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