Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 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.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” [NRSV]
This value and power of the one to the whole.
On this anniversary of 9/11, we remember the violent and hateful actions of a few as well as heroic individual acts of rescue and sacrifice that make up the memories of this day I our national history.
Their is no ‘I’ in team
But there is in ‘win’. Every coach I have ever heard has relied on the “no I” speech to promote the team solidarity. While everyone has a roll to play in making a team succeed, there is one pesos who kicks the ball, one person carries the ball, one person unleaded the ball to the one receiver. A more true statement is that “the I’s have it”. God chooses to make is unique and yet interdependent.
The value is in both the parts AND the whole. Each sheep in the shepherd care is important. The one roughy and the one obedient.
Gods loving grace is poured out for the just and the unjust. All are in need for we cannot save ourselves.
Therefore: reach to help one person each day and the kingdom will be in your presence. Presently your one act of grace gives witness of Christ tot the world.