Pondering for Sunday, September 15, 2019

Eucharistic Readings for Sunday of Proper 19 Year C

Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 51:1-11  1 Timothy 1:12-17  Luke 15:1-10

“Just so, I tell you, there is (and will be joy) over finding what was lost (from the Luke, chapter 15 reading for today).

I call Chapter 15 of Luke the “Lost  Chapter.”  I say this not because it is missing but because it is about the lost.  We have the lost sheep, then the lost coin and then it concludes with the lost son.

What is significant is that this chapter teaches us that sometimes we don’t appreciate and celebrate what we have while we have it.  But boy let it get lost!  Whether it’s a sheep, a coin, our glasses, our keys, our job, our money, or even a human relationship, what we have lost is felt deeply and we want it back. What is being celebrated in this Luke reading is the getting back to normal.  It is celebrating the experience of not having lost anything in the first place.  It is celebrating “the way it was.”  

So therefore, we should treasure all we have even if it’s very little.  We, in our prayers, should continually give God thanks for the benefits bestowed upon us and remember it is not ourselves that made manifest our possessions but God. The greatest riches we have are our relationships with others, family and friends.  We need to be thankful for these relationships and celebrate them all the time, not just when, and if, we get them back.  

From the perspective of the lost, it is about being re-membered.  It is about being found. Sometimes we must find ourselves.  Sometimes we have to be found by another.  Either way, being put back into community is absolutely a cause for celebration.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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