The Rev. Melanie McCarley
The parables Jesus tells in today’s Gospel are about joy. A shepherd has compassion for a single errant sheep and leaves the ninety-nine in order to find and rescue it. Later, we are told that a woman searches diligently for a coin until it is discovered. Understandably, we tend to focus on issues of being lost and of being found. But what I believe is so often missed is the common denominator of joy that finds itself expressed best in the context of community.