(Reflections on three parables of Jesus in Luke chapter 15)
When it comes right down to it, “lostness”, in Luke’s gospel, is about being found. In other words, it’s about grace!
And it’s about celebration: celebration which draws everyone around into it.
Something’s going on, here in Luke’s gospel. The writer has a wide range of stories to work with, as he draws together HIS story of Jesus: stories drawn from decades of oral sayings and traditions. The three parables which form what we now call chapter 15, tell us a whole lot about how Luke sees Jesus, and the realm of heaven to which he points constantly.
Three stories: one about a farmer who finds his sheep… one about a woman who finds her coin… and the BIG one! One of the parables that only Luke tells. It’s the story of the father who welcomes home his wayward son, and the brother who doesn’t.
Putting the three together helps us reflect on what each might have to say.
For example, it helps us to see that each has a touch of the crazy about it!! Continue reading