Day 197 – Equally Valuable
On: May 16, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10
Clearly, Jesus wants to drive this point home, for he tells a similar story here, and then a third, the most well known, about the prodigal son.
The first thing we see today is that this vignette is about a woman. Most of Jesus’ stories refer to men. This parable is so short and adds so little else, that I conclude this is the main reason for him following up the story of a shepherd with that of a housewife. It doesn’t actually say she was married, but I rather think that Jesus was also endorsing the role of women (or men) staying at home to look after house and family as being of equal importance to those “out in the fields” of the workplace.
Actually, the story does add more. We touched, yesterday, on the fact that all those who would humbly accept their own helplessness would be welcome in the Kingdom of God, regardless of whether, like the silly sheep, they got lost by their own waywardness. You can’t earn your way into heaven by being good or clever. We are all equally lost.
Today, the coins are passive objects – the one that was lost, didn’t lose itself. And they are of equal value. This suggests Jesus is inviting us to consider that people are all worth the same: male, female; those in employment, those at home. We are all equally valuable.
All equally valuable; all equally lost.
Poetic, maybe, but can I do anything about it? No, I can’t. But I know someone who can …
What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and griefs to bear
Father God, regardless of whether I sometimes feel like worthless metal, You see me as a silver coin, valuable and worth searching out. Thank you. I’m chuffed! Amen.