He follows us into our own darkness

232d18bcad3b096f6645381dd2c797ceAnother picture that our Lord loves to use is that of the shepherd who goes out to look for the sheep that is lost.  So long as we imagine that it is we who look for God, then we must often lose heart.  But it is the other way about: he is looking for us.  And so we can afford to recognize that very often we are not looking for God; far from it, we are in full flight from him, in high rebellion against him.  And he knows that and has taken it into account.  He has followed us into our own darkness; there where we thought finally to escape from him, we run straight into his arms.
So we do not have to erect a false piety for ourselves, to give us hope of salvation.  Our hope is in his determination to save us.  And he will not give in!
     This should free us from that crippling anxiety which prevents any real growth, giving us room to do whatever we can do, to accept the small but genuine responsibilities that we do have.  Our part is not to shoulder the whole burden of salvation, the initiative and the program are not in our hands: our part is to consent, to learn how to love him in return whose love came to us so freely while we were quite uninterested in him.        (Simon Tugwell, O.P.)

4 thoughts on “He follows us into our own darkness

  1. I thank you, Lord, that you are always looking to have me back in your arms. Often, I hide from you, in shame, but you search for me in the darkness and picks me up. Your tender eyes tell me that I am loved and forgiven and saved. Thank you, Lord.

  2. Hi Sr. Dorcee! I just learned to ‘share’ links on our Parish facebook page and just ‘shared’ this post with all our followers! (you probably already know how to do this…such a tech wiz you are!) This is the second post that I’ve shared. Keep up the great work!

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