L and M – Good News for November 6

6 11 2008

Luke 15: 1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 

So Jesus addressed this parable to them. “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it? And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’ In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Daily Path: The message is always so simple… “Love and mercy.”

But why is implementation of these so damn hard?

Perhaps because it’s always about ME? If I didn’t care what other people thought about ME, could I dispense endless mercy? Could I fearlessly distribute love? What does love and mercy cost? Nothing but the time it takes to spread it around. Maybe I could be the Warren Buffett of love and mercy… if only ME would get out of the way.

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