8th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 15:1-10
Luke 15:8 Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
Often, when we lose a coin, we see it as unnecessary to search for because its value is so insignificant. However, for the one to whom each coin carries more than just sentimental but significant value, losing one is a very big deal: so big that they are willing to dig through every corner of their house to find it.
We read today about a lost sheep and a lost coin: one animate, the other inanimate. Thus, each of these two requires an entirely different search strategy to search for when you they go missing. Regardless, when they are found, the level of rejoicing is extremely identical.
A sheep when it loses contact with its herd and gets isolated, has the potential to even wander its way back to the herd. In addition, it is able to cry out which gives an idea of its location to guide anyone on a quest to seek it out. Hence, the words: ‘whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’. When the sheep cry out, they are found, carried atop shoulders and returned to the fold.
A coin is however not of the same quality: once it falls, it is immobile and lacks the ability to cry out for help. Hence, after the initial clink heard at the time of falling, one can expect perpetual silence. Consequently, unless one does an intense search, that coin will not cannot be found.
Beloved, you may not be calling out, but God is looking for you! Even if a silver coin has no ability to cry out, it does possesses its ability to reflect light. So the seeker in the Gospel today, has a lamp in hand to facilitate this search. Sweetheart, you may think you have lost everything and are too far gone along to be found, yet, God seeks you out.
Remember# Even in your silence, God is able to find you.