The Shepherd’s Vigil, 04/13/22

For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost”               Luke 19:10

Have you ever felt lost?  I think we all have felt that sense of dread.  Something is wrong; I did something I should not have; I didn’t do something I was supposed to do.  It is human nature to not know what is next and not be able to discern the steps to move forward.  Sometimes this can spiral to something deeper, like mental health issues.

We all are lost from time to time.  Some people are less fortunate and have this state “lostness” thrust upon them from life circumstances.  Lost is a human condition and that is exactly who Jesus came for, to seek and save the lost.

As we go through this Holy Week and the stories of the Last Supper, prayer in the garden, trial, passion/abuse, and death we may wonder why all this was necessary.  Jesus in this whole story is fully experiencing what it is to be lost.  Jesus experiences betrayal, being abandoned by best friends, unjust treatment, and suffering.  Jesus has come to seek and find the lost and comes to the place and experiences what we lost souls know all too well.

The passion is necessary.  Jesus seeks and finds us in our human condition.  Then offers us the love and grace that leads us to new life.  I pray you dive deeply into the story of Christ this week and then discover the saving work of Jesus in the death and resurrection.


Pastor Rafe