In this Year of Mercy, it is important for you to remember that the Shepherd is looking for you, not just everyone else. We are all, in some sense of another, lost sheep. Let Him find you.
“The Gospel tells us that the Lord went in search of the lost sheep. How are we to understand this search? . . . Now if anybody seeks anything earnestly, it is not in one little corner only, but in every corner and place till he finds it. And so God seeks you–let him find you everywhere he may look, in all circumstances of your life. Whatever shame comes on you, know that that is the place in which God is looking for a gentle and meek soul; therefore suffer yourself to be constantly trodden underfoot until you have well learned your lesson of meekness.
“God is looking for a poor man; therefore if anyone will take from you your money, your property, or your friends, let him do so, that you may be found poor by God, who is looking for you in just such a state. . . . Whatever happens to you from friends or from foes, nay from your very mother or sister–no matter how it comes or from whom, all whatsoever that comes to you prepares you for God’s searching and finding.” (John Tauler)