The three-part parable in Luke 15 concerns a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. When we see these stories in an exterior way they are very obviously and pragmatically stories of normal life that represent finding a lost part of our livelihood, a lost part of our savings (treasure), and a lost family member. But to also see them in an interior way, they are stinging reminders of our own personal ‘lost areas.’
The lost sheep is that deep and painful feeling of separation from ‘the herd,’ feeling alone, abandoned and unsure. Possibly we don’t know where to go, what to do, what to say that can make any difference any more. We are lost in the wilderness of the information age, in technology, speed, noise and disintegration. But then, out of nowhere comes the Voice calling our name. It is the Shepherd of our souls and He comes to rescue, comfort and carry us on His shoulders back to reality and wholeness.
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Jesus