The search Painting by Vaughn Tucker

The search by Vaughan Tucker

Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt

Read Luke 15:1-31

“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 neighbors 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.”

More thoughts for meditation

The first principle of the Spiritual Exercises asks us to consider deeply that we are desired into being and wonderfully made by God and that though sinful we are unconditionally loved and forgiven. Luke’s lost and found parables drive home this point of unconditional love. Each ends with the celebration of God’s love finding us, no matter how far gone we have been. Jesus tells us “. . .we can always go home, no matter how badly we have failed to achieve our goals; that we live in a multiple-chance universe and are never doomed by past mistakes; that God allows for trial-and-error learning; and finally that our sometimes tortuous return will always be met by a loving God. . . God’s love for us is not only extravagant, but also constant. It is a love that far outstrips human norms of fairness and contradicts the rules of common sense.”   — The Grateful Heart, pp. 53-54

Suggestions for action

Ignatius was famous for calling believers to use our imaginations as well as our reasoning capacity to shape our characters. Go back to Luke 15 and read the lost and found parables again. Do you sense an affinity with the sheep, the coin, or the son today? Stay with the image that draws your attention most. Use your imagination to place yourself fully into the parable. Let God seek you out where you are lost in a thicket or search behind heavy furniture to find where you have become wedged or scan the horizon for the first sign of you returning home. Let yourself feel the power of this seeking, enduring love for you.

You could also imagine yourself singing this song, or just sing it.