Here in Brighton a huge number of my people have practical experience of being "lost". Being lost through addiction to drugs, drink, sex, gambling, or being lost in lifestyle that they haven't quite chosen but have drifted into. Many are lost, and will use the term, because of something that has happened to them; abuse as a child or an adult, rape or abortion, being hurt or betrayed by a partner, all seem to drag people into a distant land far from where they would want to be and far from God. "I lost my innocence", "I lost my childhood", "I lost my self respect", I lost a sense of meaning" go along with a loss of dignity or job or family or even hope.
For those who are truly "lost", there is a real sense that they themselves are not going to "find" themselves. There is sense that love or affection might be the source of this "finding". I think that is the reason why many who in their own estimation count themselves "lost" so often find consolation in sex and sexual fantasy, but violations of the 6th Commandment only deepen a sense of being "lost". For those who get involved with a 12 Step Programme and for others too, there is sense that it is "power beyond themselves" alone, that will be source of their finding.
What is it people expect when they are "found"? It is actually about being "saved"; being in a place of safety, secure in a sense of love, a Godly all embracing love. From this comes a situation in which healing takes place, in which people "salved". The need for healing and safety are not terms which are not alien to most of my parishioners. Counselling and therapy have some effect but it is actually the encounter with God through the healing effect of the sacraments, through baptism and confirmation, through weekly or daily Holy Communion and through regular and frequent use of the Sacrament of Penance which brings safety and salving.
If Christ's priests and bishops are not true heralds of Salvation then we are indeed unprofitable servants.