Tuesday, December 7, 2010
No, this is not a post on how to wrap your Christmas gifts, but rather a short reflection on today's Gospel and how God goes in search of each of His lost sheep. While He certainly goes in search of those who are lost, and many among us, including myself have been among those, He also keeps careful watch on those who have returned and want to stay among His flock.
As I listened to the Gospel this morning, I could not help but think about how God cares for and loves each of us individually. Jesus came, yes, for all of mankind, but also for me~ for each and every one of us individually. While I find this thought comforting, it is also humbling because my sins alone could have been enough to warrant His coming.
So as you do your Christmas wrapping this season, remember that you too have been wrapped~ wrapped in God's love, mercy and compassion.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.