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Luke 15:1-10

Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, 'This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.' So he told them this parable: '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? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost." Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance. '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? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost." Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.'

Luke 15:1-10
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    • This is not the sort of doctrine you learn in business schools. It sounds outlandish, to abandon the well-behaved and spend your energies on the outside chance of rescuing the delinquent 1%. Yet over the centuries these words have inspired good Christians to plug the gaps in social systems, and reach out to those who have drifted into isolation and despair. Common sense urges us to spend ourselves on those who reward our efforts. Jesus worked in another direction: The healthy have no need of a doctor.
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    • Who are today’s sinners, reviled by the media? Whenever I see a finger-pointing headline in a tabloid, denouncing someone who has been caught, I will think like you, Lord. Instead of letting my anger be harnessed against them, let me feel some compassion, realising that I could be in those shoes but for the grace of God.
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    • The Pharisees ‘were grumbling’. Am I a grumbler, dissatisfied with the way God goes about things?
    • My greatest difficulty may be that I cannot allow myself to be real and vulnerable with Jesus. Can I let him put me on his shoulders in my weakness? Can I pray, “Carry me, Lord”?
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    • Jealousy rears its ugly head as the Pharisees listen to the words of Jesus. They do not like the fact that Jesus welcomes everyone unconditionally. No judging, no condemnation. In Him is found pure love and acceptance.
    • Jesus, you welcome all into your warm embrace. When we are lost your come to find us. When we are in despair You come to lift us up. When we feel forsaken, You remind us of your great love for each one of us. Thank you for loving us just as we are.
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    • Would I join in with the present-day tax-collectors and sinners as they flock to Jesus? Or would I want a private audience? I talk with Jesus about this.
    • This passage reveals the heart of God, who searches out for the lost. Can I admit that I often get lost and forget where my true home is? How does it feel to imagine Jesus going in search of me and finding me?
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    • Who are today’s sinners, reviled by the media? Whenever I see a finger-pointing headline in a tabloid, denouncing someone who has been caught, I will think like you, Lord. Instead of letting my anger be harnessed against them, let me feel some compassion, realising that, but for the grace of God, I could be in those shoes.
    • A painting of this scene shows a woman bent over looking intently for what she has lost. The coin was precious to her - a tenth of her wealth. Jesus compares his care for us to this - he really wants us near him, faults and all. Prayer time is that - the whole self is the self I bring to prayer, searching for the God who loves all of creation.
    • The finding of the coin seems such a simple joy. I realise that possessions and property may blind me to simple blessings. As I think of what is really of value, I may realise that I have to seek it again, perhaps sweeping and searching.
    • Those around me may know what is really important to me. Thinking of the woman in Jesus’s story, I may need to remind them of what I really value.