“When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’”
Rejoice blossoms from gratitude. In today’s reading, we find two very familiar parables that Jesus tells of a lost sheep and a lost coin. He told these in response to the Pharisees’ grumblings that he “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Essentially, the Pharisees were complaining about Jesus’ inclusivity because who one ate with in that time period said a lot about a person. Jesus’ table fellowship sent a message to everyone that he was inclusive, welcoming, and hospitable. In response to the Pharisees’ grumbling, he shares a message of rejoicing. When we grumble or complain, regardless of what it is about, we are often missing out on an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice. Jesus was trying to redirect the Pharisees’ attention to rejoice at the fact that people who have been excluded by religion are actually interested. People who have been judged as unworthy still want to be included. Now that’s a miracle worth celebrating! It is important for us to reflect on the rejoice we are missing out on when we grumble and complain. How can we let rejoicing redirect our attention?