Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reflection for January 14, Saturday of the First Week in O.T; Mark 2:13-17

Gospel Mark 2:13-17
Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. 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.”
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Reflection:
How can we evangelize sinners and bring them closer to Jesus? The answer is very simple, by not judging them and by showing them the love of Jesus.

There are sinners because there are people who don’t care to show the language of love by Jesus. The language of forgiveness, the language of not judging them for what they do. However, the moment we dare show them the language of love, of forgiveness and of not being judgmental. Expect these sinners to walk away from their sinfulness sooner or later.

In the gospel the language of love, of forgiveness and of not being judgmental we can see in the actions of Jesus towards the sinful tax collector Levi. Jesus went to him not minding Levi’s reputation, Jesus even went to Levi’s house to mingle and break bread with him and his fellow sinners.  This is the only way that we can convert sinners.

We cannot convert sinners by judging them as good for nothing and beyond redemption. We cannot convert sinners by bluntly telling them to walk away from their sinfulness or they would die or be imprisoned. And we cannot convert sinners by not showing them the love, forgiveness and gentleness of Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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