Saint Charles Borromeo
Romans 14: 7-12. I believe I will see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living – Psalm 26 (27): 1-4, 13-14. Luke 15: 1-10.
This man welcomes sinners and eats with them
Jesus had impeccable taste. The tax collectors and prostitutes were probably much better company than the Pharisees and scribes. The latter seemed like a miserable amount. Instead of constant surveillance and condemnation, Jesus could enjoy a meal with very simple people. His stance is far removed from that of the “prosperity gospel” advocates. Jesus goes in search of those who have lost their way. He shares their food, accepts them, listens to them. For many of them who knew they were outcasts, this must have been a rare experience of understanding and compassion.
My grandmother had a saying: “Show me your companions and I will tell you what you are”. Another test could be who am I excluding? Jesus had good friends and companions, but he also turned to those who had been rejected by respected people.
Where am i?
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