Holier than thou and feeling of self righteousness these were the attitudes of the Pharisees and the scribes when they complained that Jesus was mingling with tax collectors and sinners. Sometimes we are like that we feel that we are more holy and superior than others, is this because of our education and status in life?
So Jesus gave them three parables for them to realize (if they were not yet swell headed enough to understand) that He doesn’t discriminate, that He welcomes everyone to His bosom no matter how sinful. This is also the message of Jesus for us all sinners thru these parables in the gospel.
Jesus longs to embrace us with His unconditional love, always ready to look for us and encourage us to turn back from our sinfulness; He’s not counting every sin that we have committed. He only looks at our repentant and humble hearts.
In the first parable, the shepherd of the hundred sheep never stopped looking for the one who got lost never minding to temporarily leave the ninety-nine. And after finding the one who got lost he joyfully put it on his shoulder. This shepherd is actually Jesus who never stops looking for us sinners. Jesus uses personal circumstances in our lives for us to feel how much He wants us turn back from our sinfulness.
In the second parable of the lost coin, there was that woman who had ten coins, one fell. She searched for it until such time that she found it again and the angels rejoiced. The woman is perhaps the Blessed Mother who wants to intercede for us sinners so that we can get closer to Jesus.
In the third parable of the lost son, his father never gave-up on him after he lost his inheritance on a life of debauchery. He decided to go back home not certain if his father will accept him again. But lo and behold when his father saw him coming home he ordered his people to prepare a big banquet for the lost son. Then, the father full of unconditional love run to his repentant son embraced and kissed him. The father in the parable is God our father who timelessly waits for us to be remorseful for the countless sins that we have committed.
God in His infinite mercy is looking for us sinners; He wants us to turn a new leaf in our lives. A new life full of remorse for the sin that we have committed, a life full of repentance before the presence of our ever loving God. …