Thursday, November 3, 2016

Reflection: Luke 15:1-10

Thursday of the 31st Week of Ordinary Time - Luke 15:1-10

This Gospel begins with the Pharisees complaining about Jesus (again). This time they are criticizing Jesus for welcoming the people that they consider unclean: the sinners. Jesus not only heals sinners but he also has the audacity to dine with them. Jesus once again is not behaving properly –at least in the Pharisees’ eyes.

I wonder how the simple act of Jesus sitting down and sharing a meal with “those unclean people” changed their hearts and lives. Did they truly feel valued and accepted simply for who they were? One thing that a friend and I do regularly is to fix breakfast for the homeless men who live on the shore of Lake Chapala.  Not only do we prepare breakfast for them but we also share breakfast with them.  We sit down and eat and talk with them.  It is a simple thing to do, yet, it makes these men realize that they are important and valuable.  This is something we all need.  Little do they realize that they also gift us.  

Today Jesus invites us to sit down and share a meal with Him even though we may not feel we are worthy.  How will you respond today?

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