A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 3 November

Romans 14: 7-12, Ps. 27, Luke 15: 1-10

The Joy of God

The silver drachma represented one day’s wages for a day labourer. A poor family might desperately need a drachma to stand between them and real hunger. Or perhaps the parable had more romantic overtones. To get married, a woman needed a head-dress consisting of ten silver coins linked by a silver chain. To loose one of these coins was rather like losing one’s wedding ring. In either scenario, it is easy to imagine how joyful the woman was when she finally found her lost coin. Do we believe that God’s desire to hold us close is that strong?

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