I have no idea what it would mean to be a shepherd, let alone someone who would abandon 99 sheep to go looking for a single stray.
Season after Pentecost | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; (Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-10;) 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10
James calls Abraham a “friend of God.” In this week’s reading from Exodus, Moses presumes upon a similar divine friendship to offer God advice.
I love the show Rehab Addict. Nicole Curtis, the show’s host, is a contractor who specializes in restoring old homes—typically about 100 years old, sometimes significantly older. They are always in terrible, terrible shape. The things she does to these houses are astounding.
If Exodus 32 describes a time of idolatrous blindness and futility, Isaiah 25 shows us the moment of hope in which God's people are called to live—at all times.