A flock of sheep without a shepherd is an easy target for thieves and predators (Matthew 9:36). This was what Jesus observed and wanted to prevent among his followers. Hence his decision to send out the twelve disciples with full powers, including the power to raise the dead (Matthew 10:1).
My dear friends, our world is full of “thieves and predators” after our soul. We have also sometimes allowed ourselves to be seduced away from the flock. And at other times we have even strayed of our own accord. Consequently having not yet been consumed in death by these “thieves and predators” (Matthew 9:36), it is only wise that we take to heart the advice of the prophet Isaiah to seek the Lord when he can still be found, and to call on him while he is still near (Isaiah 55:6). Being a God of compassion, he will surely come to our aid and rescue us from the thieves and predators of our soul (Psalm 146(147):1-6). And we can be quite sure of this, because both the prophet Isaiah in the first reading today (Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26), and the Apostle Matthew in our Gospel passage today attests to it (Matthew 9:36).
May we use this period of Advent to seek and find him now that we still have the opportunity. Amen!
Reflection Passages For Today: Isaiah 30:19-21,23-26; Psalm 146(147):1-6; Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 9:35-10:1,5,6-8
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