Bishop Chito Tagle and the Question: Are You Lost?

Last March 22, 2009, I attended a Lenten Recollection called “Found By Love,” with Bishop Chito Tagle as recollection master. This was held from 8:30am to 12 noon at the Church of the Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The recollection was organized by Jesuit Communications.

Over the coming days (during the Season of Lent), I wish to share with more people, Bishop Chito Tagle’s main points during the recollection. By highlighting his teachings to people who may not have been able to attend, you may be able to reflect on these points so you can have a more meaningful Holy Week.

The whole recollection centered on Luke Chapter 15 which Bishop Tagle refers to as the summary of the Good News or the Parables of Mercy. Chapter 15 refers to three things which were lost: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.

Such was the mission of Jesus — to take care of the lost. God sent His Only Son to save us and not to condemn sinners.

Getting lost is said to be part and parcel of our daily existence. When we face a new environment or find ourselves going through a new experience, we feel lost. Going to school for the first time; going into our teen years; graduating from college; getting married, staying single, or going into a religious vocation; going through mid-life or late adulthood — all of these can make us feel lost. But the worst kind of getting lost is sin or when we turn away from the Lord.

God, however, in his infinite mercy, always searches for the lost. He mingles with them. Eats with them. He aims to bring them to conversion by being with them. Luke 15, for example states: “I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.”

We are all sinners. We all need to reflect, repent, and work at our conversion. Jesus came for you and for me. He came for the lost. Bishop Tagle asks: “If you are not lost, then why will you need God to find you?”

Coming Next: Bishop Tagle’s reflection on the Lost Sheep

2 Responses to “Bishop Chito Tagle and the Question: Are You Lost?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I seen this recollection last Black Saturday(April 11,2009) on T.V. It was on ABS-CBN.

  2. i have a question i read from this message…..allow me to consult from you Bishop Tagle… there is something thru Mother Mary revealed in some lines Fw: http://www.choothomas.com/urgentmessage.html i read in here….Did we as catholic bowed our head and that we act in worship Mary because as i read in this website that She has no power….. I am a catholic… have not a able to defend what it the doctrines…Help me to enlighten…….

    Bro.Anatolie C. Amper from Singles for Christ….

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