“My friend, just because it is the scorpion’s nature to sting, does not change mynature to save.”
The nature of our God is to save the lost. He is a God of the lost, a God who welcomes sinners and dines with them, a God who heals the wounded, forgives the offender, offers hope to those who are in despair, and a God who celebrates the homecoming of the lost.
Sheep by nature tend to go toward greener pastures. They seldom see the dangers and vulnerabilities hidden. Consequently, they get lost. Similarly, there are times we wander in the wilderness of worldly attractions, broken relationships, broken families, and consequent loneliness. We find ourselves in the crossroads. But Jesus, the Good Shepherd, reassures us today that He will not let any of His sheep be lost. His nature is to seek the lost! As followers of Christ, we too share in His nature of seeking the lost.
Venerable Patrick Peyton said, “The problems of the world can only be solved by first solving the problems of the family.” May our families be the training schools of learning lessons on shepherding through daily family prayer, especially the Rosary, so that we can shepherd the members of our own family and reach out to others in need.
Take a minute and reflect on a situation where you found yourself or your family at a crossroad. It is nice to take a moment and realize all that has happened because of one decision made at a crossroad and seek out all of the positive impacts it has had.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!