How often do we lose things?
For most of us, this very question jogs memories of searching for lost wallets, purses, or other objects that are near and dear. In my own house, a collective groan is heard when I too often ask: “Does anyone remember where I placed my glasses?” The reality of “losing things” must be universally relevant because internet searches retrieve pages upon pages of articles related to finding lost objects in 22 steps (with pictures). Still others claim the task may be accomplished in just 13 steps. With technological advances, we’ve come a long way on our journey of finding things. Today, most electronic devices such as cell phones and iPads may be located by GPS signals or by simply calling the device from another device. Take that, St. Anthony!
While things may be lost and replaced, loved ones may not. The death of a family member or friend stings us. We mourn. We grieve. Having lost my father on Christmas day, I miss the tradition of calling him on my way home after Sunday masses. I miss hearing his voice.
In the Garden of Eden, God constructed a perfect world. After creating Adam from the dust of the ground, he breathed into his nostrils the breathe of life (Gen 2:7). Later, as Adam slept, God took a rib from him (Gen 2:22) and gave him Eve. To which he responded: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Gen 2:23)
For a time, all was very well. Until that moment of the original sin. Shortly thereafter, God asked the man: “Where are you?” (Gen 3:1-10). And Adam’s response: “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Gen 3:11) Lost and resting in their sin, man was in need of a Savior.
Fast forward. With generations of prophets having come and gone, Jesus is now on the scene. The question is asked: Is anything truly lost?
I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. (Jn 6: 35-40)
We ask: In Christ, is anything truly lost?