The great joy Jesus and the Father feel over the reclaiming of just one lost sheep and just one lost coin makes a lot more sense if the sermon is illustrated with some historical data. Non-farming communities need to be reminded that sheep are communal animals. They are vulnerable to predators if not part of a flock. To be a lost sheep is to be an inevitably dead sheep, while the 99 left in the flock are pretty much safe. To find a lost sheep was a veritable resurrection, a reclaiming from the dead. No wonder our Lord is so pleased to find one of us sheep who has been lost!
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.