Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Sept. 11, 2022

Reflection for Sept. 11, 2022

Eternally searching

God never gives up on us, always welcoming us home

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

The “Searching God”. Were you ever part of a search party? What about a scavenger hunt? One is to find a lost person and the other to find clues to a “treasure”. Our Gospel for today is all about searching. A shepherd leaves 99 sheep to find one that has strayed. A woman looks through the night to find a coin lost in her house. A father searches for his son.

What would it be like to find a lost person? Wouldn’t there be great rejoicing once that person is found? How many of us have prayed to St. Anthony to find a lost object? What a relief when that is found.

The shepherd, the woman, and the father – all did not give up in their search. Picture that father standing on a hill every day watching for his son to return. What about the shepherd risking his life to find his precious sheep? And the woman – one coin might not seem like much to us but for her it was badly needed.

Jesus wants us to know that our God is like the shepherd, the woman, and the father – watching for us with love and compassion, waiting for us to return when we stray, offering a path when we are lost. God searches – God is the face of mercy.


Sister Sally Ann
09/09/2022 6:27 am

Thank you for the image of a searching God. It brings to mind Psalm 139, and "The Hound of Heaven." You give me much to ponder today, Lynne Marie. Blessings!

Rev. William J. Jacobs, Jr.
09/09/2022 8:58 am

I absolutely love your last paragraph! We should all start every day with those thoughts.

Thanks so much for sharing,

In Christ's Never-ending Love and Tender Care,

Fr. Bill Jacobs

09/09/2022 10:38 am

And we, too, are seekers. We, who search for truth; who search for meaning and purpose, especially so when we are faced with hurtful and concerning events; we, who search for and hunger for a space on this earth in which everyone feels loved, wanted, cherished, valued, and is given the freedom and means to attain their fullest potential and live in peace.

"If we are searching for God," someone once said, "God is also searching for us."

So both we, and God, are seekers.

"We are made in the image-and-likeness of ......" The images we hold of God, are likewise, images of ourselves. We, and God, are "one" in this manner.

Matthew Borowitz
09/14/2022 11:35 am

Sometimes we’re the lost person, stranded in the middle of no place and without companionship. Sometimes we’re the one to find the lost person that’s stranded and we’re called to love them back to life.

This is why we stay alert and keep vigil, for when we welcome the stranger, we welcome God.

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