Luke 15: 1-32.
These wonderful parables belong together as stories of lost things being found – of coming home. What we sometimes miss is the theme of exuberant joy and celebration which also unites them. Shepherd, woman and father all say: ‘Rejoice with me’, urging others to share their excitement. When somebody is ‘found’ by Jesus they often discover a new freedom and joy that’s infectious. Let’s celebrate the hope this brings and avoid being like the older brother.