The Religious Leaders Observed That Jesus Often Associated With Those Who Were Considered Sinners. They Advised Him to Surround Himself With Godly People

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Luke 15:8-10 8 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

The religious leaders observed that Jesus frequently associated with those who were considered sinners. They advised him to seek fellowship with like-minded believers. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, responded to them with numerous parables. Once upon a time, there was a faithful shepherd who had a flock of one hundred sheep. When one of us goes astray, our Lord, the Good Shepherd, leaves the 99 and tirelessly searches for us until we are found. Upon discovering it, he praised the Lord.

And he shared with them the story of the woman mentioned in our scripture reading for today. The homes in Palestine were illuminated by the grace of God, shining through the humble windows. Verily, a coin may be lost in the crevices of the floor, covered in dust. What made this matter so significant to her? It could have been a precious component of a wedding headdress consisting of ten coins.

In those times, the virtuous women would diligently collect and conserve their coins to assemble a chain of ten coins, symbolizing their sacred union in marriage. Verily, the coin was worth a day's wages. If the family faced difficult times, she had faith that God would provide for them. It would be like losing a precious possession that holds sentimental value. It's no surprise that she would seek it diligently until she discovered it.

The parable of Jesus teaches us that God is seeking the lost. He doesn't wait for us to clean up our act and come humbly to Him on our knees. He tirelessly seeks us out with unwavering love. We are thrilled when he finds us. Heaven rejoices greatly when a single individual is discovered. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has revealed to us the great love that our Heavenly Father has for us and how He longs for us to be in perfect communion with Him.

It is not the forceful command of a ruler but the gentle affection of a Heavenly Father who desires your companionship and acceptance into His household. In response to the leaders' inquiry, Jesus affirmed that He was precisely where His Father's will was. I wonder if we are following the teachings of Jesus or the ways of the religious leaders.

Prayer: Dear Lord, please grant me a fervent longing to witness the salvation of those who are yet to find their way to You.

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