Today, O Lord, I am searching for the meaning of the word…search.
The psalmist sings in our responsorial psalm today, “Let hearts that rejoice who search for the Lord.” In the gospel, you tell us the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin that were both searched and eventually found.
We search for something that is missing, for something or somebody lost. We search for something and someone very important. That is why we search. Therefore, in life, we must first lose everything to realize the most precious ones we must have!
The shepherd searched for the lone sheep because his flock would never be complete without that single, missing sheep. And so did the woman who lost one coin and searched for it because the ten coins would never be a whole without that cent.
St. Paul lost everything and had to start anew in his life to gain you, O Lord Jesus Christ. He had the best of everything like family and lineage, education and position in life. And when he had lost everything in a flash on the road to Damascus, he searched and found you.
We always have you, Lord, but as we grow and mature, and prosper in life, we gained more of the world and start to lose you that sooner or later in life during hardships and trials, we then search for you.
But what is truly amazing and wonderful, O Lord, it is you who is searching for us when in fact you never ever lost us. Besides, it does not really matter if you lose us because you would always be God. Thank you for searching and finding me, O Lord, that made me realize also my true value. Without you, I am nothing.
So, let me always search you even if I have already found you. AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
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