In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells two parables, one about a lost coin and one about a lost sheep to show how God is different than us. No one in their right mind would do what Jesus talks about in these parables, and that is Jesus’ point…no one but God would. God will go to extravagant lengths to “find the lost” in order to bring us into relationship with God and with each other. And this is good news! Why? Because the truth is we all wander and all of us are lost.
People often have a difficult time when studying the Hebrew Scriptures - they often prefer to study the “warm and fuzzy” Jesus they see in the Gospel stories. However, In The Gospel of Luke (14:25-33) we discover that Jesus isn’t so warm and fuzzy; that following Christ is difficult and requires sacrifice.
When Jesus instructs us to invite the poor and those who can not repay us to a banquet that we hold, he does so knowing that it is an opportunity for transformation.
Forces all over the world cause people to be be “bent and broken” and unable to stand up straight; relegating them to the margins of society. As Jesus saw the woman who had been bent over from an ailment for 18 years, we, as Christians, are meant to see those whom the world causes to be broken and bent over and are meant to help them stand up straight. Liberating them and at the same time liberating ourselves from what binds us.