from a meditation by Carmel Mongey SSC :
“Three of the most beautiful love stories of all time are set side by side in the gospel of St Luke. Two of the stories are always being written about, marvelled at, sung, prayed through and cherished – the stories of the Lost Sheep and the Lost (Prodigal) Son. [In] the third story, the somewhat neglected one, we may come to a deeper realisation of the mother-love of God.
In Luke 15 we read about the woman who has ten coins, and loses one. She lights a lamp and sweeps the floor until she finds it. As in the other stories she, too, calls in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her because she has found it.
…For centuries people have seen the symbolism Jesus uses in the first two stories. The father of the prodigal son is an image of God, our loving Father. The man searching for the lost sheep is Jesus, the good shepherd who will give his life for his sheep.
The woman who lost the coin – who is she an image of? She too, of course, is an image of God, of the mother-love of God.
…You see a lovely lady, lighting her lamp. She had ten coins, but she has lost one. Just now she thinks only of that coin. See the motherly concern on her face. Why are the coin so dear to her? Hasn’t she nine others?
In Jesus’ days, the mark of a married woman was a headdress made of ten silver coins, linked together by a silver chain. For years, a girl would scrape and save to get together her ten coins. The headdress was like a wedding ring with us. When she had it, it was so much part of her that it couldn’t be taken away even to pay a debt. It was her treasure.
See yourself as one of these ten precious coins, so dear to the lady. You have a value far beyond money. She could have said, ‘I’ll sweep the house in the morning to find it.’ But no, she can’t wait. In the light of her lamp she sweeps back and forth, into every corner, around every obstacle. This lady looking for her coin, is God looking for you and finding you.”
Where do you need to experience God’s comfort? How is God searching for you?