When the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw Jesus eating with tax collectors and other sinners,
they asked His disciples,
“Why does He eat with such scum?
– Mark 2:16 (NLT)
Jesus shows us how to relate to other people.
He feels at ease with everyone
because He loves us all
and He came to save everyone.
“Why does He eat with such scum?”
When Jesus heard this, He replied,
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do.
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous,
but those who know they are sinners.” (Mk 2:16)
Since all of us are sinners
we can all feel that we are, at least, unwell.
We are all in need of healing.
We are all in need of Jesus
and Jesus does not separate Himself from us.
Jesus dislikes social exclusions of any kind
and He made it a point to get on with all types and characters
– with the innocent, with the guilty,
with the cultured and powerful,
with thieves, beggars, lepers, with whole families…
Yes, He came to save everyone, regardless of status or walk of life.
We need to look closely at Jesus
and ask Him to heal us so that we can become more like Him
and to use us to spread love, and hope, and His truth.
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Jesus, heal me and make me more like You.
Lord, I want to serve You – help me to love like You loved.
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Note: The main source of today’s REFLECTION is the seven-volume work
“In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.