This coming Sunday’s gospel lesson, Luke 15: 1-10, raises all sorts of questions:
– Why are those tax collectors and sinners coming to listen to Jesus?
– Why are those Pharisees and scribes grumbling?
– Is it prudent to go looking for one lost sheep, leaving 99 in peril?
– Who are the folks who don’t need to repent?
– What do those two little parables – the lost sheep and the lost coin – have in common? What’s different about them?
What is this passage trying to say about Jesus? About us?