Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10
A little seed lay on the ground,
and soon began to sprout.
Seeing all the flowers around it wondered:
“How shall I come out?”
“The lily’s face is fair and proud,
but just a trifle cold.
The rose, I think, is rather loud,
and its fashion’s getting old.
“Of the violet some may think well,
but it’s not a flower I’d choose;
nor even the Canterbury bell,
I’ve never cared for blues.”
And so it criticized each flower,
this haughty little seed,
until it woke one summer noon,
and found itself a weed!
The Gospel writers tell us that Jesus was criticized by the haughty Pharisees for many things. In today’s Gospel Lesson, they murmur against Him for associating with sinners. In New Testament terms, a sinner is one who is in conscious opposition to God, either by living an immoral life or by following a dishonest or disreputable…
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