Luke 15:1-10 is full of lost and found images. The sheep who is lost, is sought after, and is found. The coin that is lost, is sought after, and is found. The shepherd is a male image, and the one who loses the coin is a female image. Each of these parables prepare the way for the parable of the "lost" son story which follows after Luke 15:10...the story we know (too) well and we call the parable of the "prodigal" son. What is lost, is sought after with great effort in the first two stories, and when the lost is found there is great rejoicing. Are we the lost, or are we the found? Are we to do as the shepherd/woman does and search diligently for those who are lost? Or, are we to just be more hospitable and loving to those who we might deem as "lost"...? Hmmm. Lots to play with here...but first, how about a few versions of "Amazing Grace" via youtube....?
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey