Friday, April 27, 2018
How do we gain a godly heart that is overflowing with Holy Love?
Jesus then told this parable – Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finally finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. – Luke 15:8-10
Obviously, this parable is about the desire of God that no one be kept out of this New Realm of Love. That one lost coin is important to God and thus ought to be important to us. But today I take note of how Christ describes with such detail the woman’s search. He seems to emphasize the importance of the diligent searching. And so, I must consider … is there yet still another lesson to be learned? What is the significance of searching?
In many ways in both word and example, Christ teaches that we learn by way of obedience. In daring to obey the Lord’s teaching, we learn of its reasons why and we learn of the questions still needing to be asked. And I believe in searching for a lost coin, we more than we first intended.
I remember one day when I began serving a rural church, I went searching for the home of my Lay Leader. In that county, house numbers were rare. I thought I had found his house, but I found instead one of our shut-ins, and I learned so much about that woman and the Church. But still I needed to find my Lay Leader, so I set out only to err again. Met a gentleman there at the end of a wrong turn, a farmer, and we talked about life and heaven. Finally, my search for the Lay Leader was achieved and we conversed for three hours or more. That Sunday, a son brought that shut-in to Church and a farmer in a suit came to worship. I found so much of what was waiting to be found in my searching for an elusive Lay Leader.
In the trying to love with the Love of God, we learn the ways of the Love of God.
Always in His Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz