Body and Blood of Christ

Lost Sheep, Lost Coin

Luke 15:3-10

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 persons 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 neighbors, 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." 

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Lost Sheep, Lost Coin



his parable is found in Lk 15:3-7 and Mt 18:12-14. In Luke, Jesus is on the defence: 'Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." So he told them this parable' (Lk 15:1-3). The Lost Sheep is Jesus' response to his opponents: God has profound concern for sinners and rejoices in their return. This is why Jesus sought them out and associated with them. In Matthew 18 the setting is quite different: Jesus is addressing not his opponents but his disciples. (In point of fact, he is addressing Matthew's community). Here the lost sheep is the 'little one' (18:10) - the weak and vulnerable Christian who needs loving support. The parable is the Lord's admonition to a Christian community - in particular, to its leaders. The Lost Sheep fits both, quite different, situations.

Wilfrid  Harrington




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