Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house until she finds it ? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’
Gospel according to Luke, 15 : 8-9
Two explosive little verses. When we read a parable, we always wonder who represents what. It’s a good question, and there’s no set answer. That probably explains why we are still discussing these parables today and why we’re always finding new things to say.
So, could the woman represent God (or Life or Love or Creative force – choose your vocabulary) ? Why not, but maybe she represents you and me, whether we’re a man or a woman ?
These words are addressed to our soul, and there is no moralizing, only seeking, finding and joy.
There is a passage (from nine to ten : one silver coin is lacking to make up the ten) – thus a change in level of consciousness, an awareness, an enlightening.
What are we looking for when we sweep our inner « house », if not to remove the dust (the pride, the egocentricity) that sullies it ? We’re seeking that precious coin that bears, like a drachma in Antiquity, a human effigy.
What’s special about a human effigy ? In the Book of Genesis, we read that we were created in God’s image and likeness. This woman (you or I, perhaps) is seeking herSelf, not her little self but her divine Self, her real Identity, the Image engraved. The lamp she lit (the light of knowledge ?) helped her find it.
And so her joy overflows and reaches her friends and neighbors. That’s the way it is. There’s no keeping a find like that all to yourself.