St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD


Reflecting on This Sunday’s Gospel Reading


Below you will find the Gospel reading for Sunday 15th September.  We invite you to take some time to reflect on the reading and consider what God might be saying to you… 

  • Find yourself a quality moment, not always easy!
  • Pray for God to speak to you through the reading.
  • Read it once and underline a word or sentence that strikes you.
  • Read it again and ask yourself what God might be saying to you.
  • Read it once more and ask what God might be saying to Pip and Jim’s.
  • Finish with a prayer.

Luke 15. 1-10

Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’

So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.

‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

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