Today’s readings really hit home with me. They remind me that I am a sinner but they also reiterate that that is precisely why The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus, The Word of God, is…
living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.
And we follow that up with the wisdom from Psalm 19…
Your words, Lord, are spirit and life…
Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
find favor before you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
But the Gospel, The Good News, is that Christ wants to have dinner with me. As a matter of fact, He wants to have dinner with you too. We are all sinners – we are all tax collectors – and we are ALL in need of Christ curing us. Have you accepted His invitation to dinner? You still can – everyday of the week that saving meal is offered and you are invited to attend. If you haven’t been to Mass for awhile, the invitation is still open for you. Christ doesn’t need anyone to RSVP, there are no prior reservations to ensure a chair at His table, one must merely admit that He is a sinner and turn to our heavenly Father for His healing. You will be asked to say grace before that meal but understand it is as saving grace that you will receive in return.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
Do something great for our Lord today – confess your sins and take part in that heavenly meal we call Mass.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid, just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.