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The Shepherd and the Lost Sheep

Luke 15: The Lost

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

“God is not withdrawn, waiting for humans to come begging, but is actively seeking those who are lost”.  (Senior Reading Guide 431)

Today we read three parables that speak to us about how deeply God loves us; it is important for us to hear them often.

The parable of the shepherd who leaves the flock to search for the lost sheep is also told by Matthew (18:12-14) and it presents for us a perfect image of God as we begin our Lenten journey.  He sets [the sheep] on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”.  In this season of repentance we must remain faithful to God, calling on God for help when we realize that we can go no further alone down the road of life.

Luke tells us that God will call out continually for the lost.

The Woman and the Lost Coin

The parable of the lost coin describes the persistent search the housewife makes, searching carefully until she finds it.  And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, “Rejoice with me because I have found the coin I had lost”.  In this season of hope we must continue to trust that God will abide, trusting that God will answer our cries for help when the buffets of life overcome us.

Luke tells us that God will search endlessly for the lost.

Rembrandt: The Prodigal Son (detail)

The parable of the lost son is one we know well and we revel in verse 20: So he got up and went home to his father.  While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight if him, and was filled with compassion.  He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.  In this season of repentance we must continue to confide in God, telling God all that troubles us and all that blocks our successful completion of our journey.

Luke tells us that God will always welcome home all those who were once lost.

We draw strength from Isaiah 40:28-31 in which we are told that God always persists, God never fades, God never gives up. Do you not know or have you not heard?  The Lord is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not grow faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.  He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound.  Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. 

And so we pray . . .

Good and gracious God, how is it that you never lose patience with us when we believe we do not need you in our lives?  Why is it that you love us despite all our turnings away from you?  When will we begin to understand the depth and the breadth of your love? 

Great and loving God, we know that for you we are pearls of great price.  We understand that because of you we are temples in which you hope to dwell.  We believe that you will ceaselessly call us back to you so that like the sheep, the coin and the erring child . . . we are never truly lost. 

Amen.


A re-post from February 23, 2012.

Images from: http://www.hansgruener.de/docs_e/krippen/e_strassenkrippe.htm and http://saints.sqpn.com/parable-of-the-lost-coin/ and http://transformingordinary2extraordinary.blogspot.com/2010/04/school-paper-prodigal-son.html

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Luke 15:1-32: All That was Lost

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The Lost Sheep

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 6, 2016

Sceptics wonder where the faithful see God in the world that surrounds us. Non-believers take credit for all that they store up; they blame themselves and others for a lack of success. The faithful move forward with their eyes on the prize . . . the knowing that all that was lost will in the end be found, all who were scorned will in the end be justified, and all who were last will certainly be first.

In today’s Gospel we again hear the familiar stories of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son. We hear Jesus’ clear assertion after each of these stories that God rejoices more over the gratitude of the lost who are found than the steady love of those who never leave him. This certainly gives us something to consider.

We may see ourselves as sheep who never leave the shepherd’s side . . . but when we are honest we know that we have each been lost at one time or another. We might welcome the joy the creator showers on us.

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The Lost Coin

There’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.

We may see our tiny turnings toward God as insignificant moments in a turbulent day . . . but God sees them as a wonderful occasion to rejoice. We might join in the rejoicing of others.

Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.

We may see a lack of fairness in our lives when those who are newly arrived to faith in God are celebrated as much or more than those who have been faithful . . . but God invites all of us to join in the celebration of the return of those who have been found. We might tell others this good news of God’s goodness.

You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours—but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!

1-1-1-1-1-A-A-lost-coin-found-We may each remember times when we have envied the good fortune showered on others when we work long and hard to remain close to God. We may each have experienced times in our lives when all that has been lost far overshadows what appears to be found. In all of these occasions, when we look carefully and honestly, we will see that what once was empty has been made full. What once was dark now has been made light. And what once was lost has
most beautifully been found. When we give thanks to God for this marvelous gift of redemption, we become part of the celebration and great joy in the kingdom that erupts when the lost are found.

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The Lost Son

When we believe that we do not see God’s presence often in our lives, let us look at these times when weariness, anger, jealousy or envy may have unfocused our vision. And let us ask God for clarity as we begin this week’s Lenten practice. Rather than thinking: “God’s generosity is sometimes not fair,” let us think instead, “When we put away the past and follow God’s example of enormous generosity, we are better able to welcome the lost back home into the kingdom . . . and to give thanks for our own part in God’s great rejoicing”. 

For other reflections on, The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Prodigal Son, use the blog search bar to explore. 

To learn about The Innocence Project that assists prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing, visit: http://www.innocenceproject.org/free-innocent. Find out about how more than 300 people in the United States have been exonerated, including 20 who served time on death row. For a story Anthony Ray Hinton, one of those freed after nearly 30 years in Alabama, forgives those who incarcerated him, visit: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/04/09/30-years-on-death-row-a-conversation-with-anthony-ray-hinton#.VmpdpHOMQ 

Tomorrow, coming to believe.

 

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