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Tuesday 11th December, 2012
St Damasus I. Isaiah 40:1-11. The Lord our God comes in strength—Ps 95(96):1-3, 10-13. Matthew 18:12-14.

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‘Will he not leave the ninety-nine to find the one stray?’

The good news: though all seems lost, you come to find us and bring us joy. The words of Isaiah were spoken in the worst times of the Babylonian captivity, with no temple, no memory of Jerusalem, no desire even to sing her songs. Lord, you make the most extraordinary promises. No wonder we find it hard sometimes to grasp your desire to nurse us as a shepherd nurses the smallest of his lambs.

Not only do you talk about looking for the lost sheep, you go and look after them. And that offers us a quiet, deep-down joy. For all our being lost and feeling alone, we know that you are very near and that you smile upon our wilfulness. Lord, your love remains forever. Keep me close to you.



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