The Lost Coin
One day some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, "Leave here
quickly, for Herod wants to kill you." They hoped Jesus would be frightened and run away. Then they would be rid of him.
Jesus was not afraid of Herod. He knew his greatest enemies were among the rulers of the Jews. They hated him because he reminded
them of their sins and because he taught the poor people.
To the Pharisees Jesus said, "Go to Herod and tell him I am at work healing the sick today and tomorrow, and on the third day
I shall be made perfect. I must go on my way today, tomorrow, and even the following day. It cannot be that a prophet should die
outside Jerusalem." Jesus remembered how the Jews had killed God's
prophets in other days. It was the Jewish leaders and not Herod who would condemn him to death.
Many tax collectors and sinners followed Jesus and listened to his words. That was why the Pharisees and scribes found fault with him.
They said, "This man receives sinners and even eats with them."
Jesus knew what they were doing, so he spoke to the people in parables or stories. He saw many women in the crowd so he told a
story they would understand well.
"What woman," he asked, "who has ten pieces of silver and loses one does not do everything she can to find it? She lights a candle
and looks for it. Then she sweeps the house and looks everywhere. When she finds it she calls to her neighbors and friends, 'Rejoice
with me, for I have found the money I lost.'
"In the same way," said Jesus, "there is rejoicing in heaven when one lost sinner comes to God."