God Gathers His Children

We are truly children of God. Like children, we run around indulging our curiosity, we scatter here and there exploring, and sometimes we get into trouble. But because we are children of God, our Heavenly Father will come and bring us back. We will be brought back to God and also be brought together.

In the book of Ezekiel, we are told that the people are divided, are committing abominations and are away from God. But the Lord God does not abandon the people. God takes care of the people by cleansing them, by uniting them, and by giving them a shepherd. But God does not stop there, He says, “I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever.” In the Gospel of John we are told that the high priest prophesied that Jesus will “gather into one the dispersed children of God.”

The Lord desires that we be one nation, under one prince, with one shepherd. God calls all of us to holiness, to His covenant. Jesus, the shepherd of the children of God, leads us and protects us. The shepherd wants what is best for us because He loves us. It is when we are gathered together that we experience love. God dwells with us and is always joyous when we come to Him.

God is with us in the person of Jesus Christ, in the real presence of the Holy Eucharist, and in the Holy Spirit. As Holy Week draws closer and closer we know that Jesus draws closer and closer to His crucifixion, but also to His resurrection. We may feel that we are scattered; perhaps we are not observing our Lenten sacrifices like we feel we ought, maybe our friends and family are going through a tough time and we feel helpless. It could be that its something that we cannot quite put our finger on. But we can be at peace, we can be united with God and with each other. Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, through our Lenten sacrifices, through God’s Church, we, the children of God, can be gathered together.