Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A start to Lent

Another picture that our Lord loves to use is that of the shepherd who goes out to look for the sheep that is lost (Mt 18:12ff). So long as we imagine that it is we who have to look for God, then we must often lose heart. But is the other way about: he is looking for us. And so we can afford to recognise 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 darnkess; there where we thought finally to escape him, we run straight into his arms.

Prayer: Living with God, by Simon Tugwell. P. 52. Amazon

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