November 28th, 2006
It’s irritating when you lose something. You search through all your piles of stuff and under tables and beds and in corners, and you swear that you will be more organised and tidy in the future, and often you end up finding the lost item in an obvious place where you have already looked a few times but failed to notice it. But when you do find the lost item, you get to experience the joy and relief, and quite often all those good resolutions about becoming more organised and tidy simply get forgotten and become as lost as the missing item once was, until next time you lose something.
Luke’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 15
15:1 All the tax collectors and sinners were coming up to listen to him. 15:2 The Pharisees and religious lawyers grumbled, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
15:3 He told them this parable: 15:4 “If you had one hundred sheep, but lost one of them, wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost, until you found it? 15:5 When the shepherd finds it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 15:6 He comes home and calls together his friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Celebrate with me, because I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 15:7 I can tell you that in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. 15:8 Suppose a woman has ten drachma coins. If she loses one drachma coin, wouldn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house, and look everywhere until she finds it? 15:9 When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Celebrate with me, because I have found the drachma which I had lost.’ 15:10 I can tell you that in the same way there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner repenting.”
15:11 He said, “A man had two sons. 15:12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Dad, give me my share of your property.’ So the father split his property between them. 15:13 A few days later, the younger son gathered his belongings and travelled to a distant country. There he wasted everything with wild living. 15:14 After he had spent all of it, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he was desperately poor. 15:15 He went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 15:16 He wanted to fill his stomach with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any. 15:17 Then he came to his senses and said, ‘My father’s hired servants have bread enough to spare, and I’m dying of hunger! 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say, “Dad, I have sinned against heaven, and against you. 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Please treat me as one of your hired servants.’
15:20 “He got up and went to his father. His father could see him coming while he was still a long way away, and was moved with compassion, and ran to hug and kiss him. 15:21 The son said, ‘Dad, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 15:22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 15:23 Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate. 15:24 This son of mine was dead, but he is alive again. He was lost, but now is found.’ They began to celebrate.
15:25 “The man’s elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 15:26 He called one of the servants and asked what was going on. 15:27 The servant said, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has come back safe and healthy.’ 15:28 But the elder son was angry, and would not go in. His father came out, and begged him. 15:29 But he answered his father, ‘I have served you for many years, and I never disobeyed your instructions, but you never even gave me a goat to use in celebrating with my friends. 15:30 Now this, your son, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, comes home and you killed the fattened calf for him.’
15:31 “The father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that is mine is yours. 15:32 But it was right to celebrate and be glad, because your brother was dead, but is alive again. He was lost, but now is found.'”
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