Luke 15:1-10 Reflection ~
I have visited economically poor villages in multiple locations outside of the US. Noticeable observations from these encounters include; regardless of their situation people’s faith was remarkably visible and their care and righteousness for each other was extraordinary. My reaction each time was an awareness that compared to them I was lost and weak. It did not take me long to realize that I was beginning to have the desire for Jesus to put me on his shoulders for the journey towards what they had.
Luke 15 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 15:1-10.