The parables of the lost sheep and lost coin.
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 to them He addressed this parable. "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."
REJOICE WITH ME. In the Gospel, we find two reasons to celebrate with joy: (1) God's patience to seek out the lost, and (2) the repentance of the sinner. The joy of finding the lost sheep and the lost coin is so great that a person cannot celebrate it alone; there must be others to join the celebration. Jesus invites His critics to join Him in the celebration. But the Pharisees and scribes cannot rejoice with Jesus because of their self-righteous and exclusivist attitude. They do not consider themselves sinners; hence, they believe they do not need forgiveness. To be forgiven, we have to accept that we are sinners. The Pharisees and the scribes see sin in others but not in themselves. Their failure is the failure to accept and love a fellow sinner. Everyone sins. If, like the Pharisees, we see the sins only of others, not our own, then we are self-righteous, an attitude that is displeasing to God.
What is my attitude toward those considered sinners by society? What prevents me from reaching out to those marginalized by society?
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