O Jesus, show me how precious I am to you.
Picture Jesus with His disciples.
These twin parables are closely connected to the Prodigal Son parable. A hundred sheep was a medium sized flock. The shepherd must have been poor, unable to pay a helper. Luke’s gospel centers on God’s joy on the last day. The parable of the lost coin has the same focus. The ten coins are the woman’s dowry, which she always carried in her headdress. She rejoices in the finding because each coin is so precious to her.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- To leave ninety nine sheep in the desert is not a rational act. The shepherd thinks with his heart.
- The woman treasures this special coin. For years, she has carried this coin of her dowry in her headdress.
- Their joys cannot be contained. Friends and neighbors must share the abundance.
- This is not a temporary finding. The sheep and the coin are symbols of heaven and an eternal union.
- God’s joy overflows to the angels. The soul that was lost for a time is now found for an eternity.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- God, I am precious to you. Your love for me is totally beyond reason.
- Let me repent, so you and your angels can rejoice.
- Thank you, O Lord. You searched for me when I was lost.
- O God, your joy will not be complete until our union is forever.
- You give your angels charge over me. They, too, rejoice at my return.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will stop running from God. In this way, he can find me more quickly.
+ I will recall those special moments when God found me.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
There will be rejoicing among the angels.