The Lost Coin
A woman, while in her house cleaning (where she belongs!) realised that she had lost one of her ten silver coins. So, caring as much about that one silver coin as the other nine she lit a lamp and swept the house with her broom and sought diligently until the found the coin. Having found the coin she called to her friends saying “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” Later that evening her husband returned and chastised her for losing the coin in the first place, saying she should be a more diligent steward of her money.
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” That man is a pillar of the community. What a great guy!