Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Psalm 23; John 8:12-20
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Only goodness and love will pursue me. (Psalm 23:6)
Do you believe that God’s goodness and love are pursuing you? They are! That one word “pursue” tells us much. It means to run after, to chase, to hunt down, even to hound. Think of it: God’s goodness and love are running after you! They are chasing you, hunting you down.
This is what your heavenly Father is like. It is not enough for his goodness and love simply to waft behind you. He doesn’t want to have to make you jump through all kinds of hoops for just a taste of his goodness. He is not trying to make it hard for you to experience his presence. No, he is pursuing you—every single day. He wants to catch you.
So look for him as you go through your day. Reflect on the events of your day, and try to find those times when God’s goodness and love were chasing after you. You will begin to notice things. You may find a space in a usually crowded parking lot or an uncommon item at the store the first time you look. That’s God’s kindness. Maybe your boss unexpectedly says kind words or praises you at work. Perhaps you find extra patience while dealing with a difficult person. It’s God’s goodness. Maybe you have a clearer sense of God’s presence at one point in your day, or a verse from Scripture pops unbidden into your head at just the right time. God’s kindness is chasing after you.
More than happy coincidences, these things are telling you that God is good and that he is being good to you!
Brothers and sisters, our Father is fantastically generous towards us. We don’t even know all the goodness and kindness and mercy that pursue us each day. But we can see some of it. Even in our struggles or times of disappointment, our God is pursuing us. His steadfast love is unwavering, even when we’re indifferent to it or unaware of it. “Only” goodness and love will follow us doesn’t mean that nothing else pursues us. But it does mean that these two unwavering attributes of God “surely” do. May we slow down long enough for them to catch us!
“Father, I want to be caught by your goodness and love! Help me open my eyes and heart so that I can experience your touch today.”~WAU