We read the whole of the fifteenth chapter of Luke’s gospel today – which begins with this description of the annoyance of the religious types that Jesus was mixing with the wrong kinds of people – the tax collectors and sinners. In response, Jesus offers these three beautiful parables – the last two of which are unique to the Gospel of Luke. The first is the shepherd who has 100 sheep and one goes astray; the second is a woman with 10 coins who loses one; and the last and longest is a father with two sons and one leaves to go to a distant land. All three parables are odd in their own ways and all lead us further in our reflection upon the mercy of the Lord and our role as Christians to reach out to those on the edge.

Recorded at St Paul’s, 7.30am (9 minutes)