The Sunday lectionary gospel for Trinity 13 in Year C is the first two of the three ‘parables of the lost’ in Luke 15, the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin. We don’t go on to read the third, the parable of the prodigal son, since we read that earlier in the year on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
These short parables of the lost are both vivid but rather surprising. Though well known, they have some surprising perspectives, and some surprising omissions. What does that mean for the way we read and preach on them? James and Ian discuss and debate the issues.
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