- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Luke 15
Contrast to table talk teaching for Pharisee (4:1), the table talk teaching in chapter 15 was for sinners (15:1). This chapter is known as the parable of three Lost; the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the lost Son, a trilogy in which all three speak of the joy of finding that which was lost.
The lost sheep (3-7) — The shepherd was searching for the lost sheep. So strong was the love for the lost sheep that the ninety-nine were left in the field while the search went on.
The lost coin (8-10) — The ten silver coins (dracmas) represented about ten days’ wage and many months of saving. The woman was seeking until she found. There was no giving-up.
The lost son (11-32) —– The younger son, a prodigal son, acted willfully against father and brought shame to him. According to Jewish custom, a younger son received one third of the inheritance when his father died. His father, however, gave his prodigal son extravagant forgiving love.
The shepherd, the woman, and the father represented God who was seeking the lost persistently, the God who was waiting patiently for sinner to return, and the God who forgave extravagantly when the sinner returned.
When we read these three parables as one unit, we can meditate them with different perspective from the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost on to the parable of joy, the joy of shepherd, of woman, and of the father. It is the joy of God that the lost is found.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer…
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Reflect on the older son’s response, “Why do you think he is not willing to join the celebration?” “What do you think he lost?”
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.