Saturday, February 29, 2020

Gospel Reflection: Jesus came to save the sinners [02.29.20 Luke 5:27-32]

'After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” The Question About Fasting. '
Luke 5:27-32

Along with the Fall came sin.  St. Augustine taught that human nature as God intended was not a sinful nature; concupiscence was passed on from Adam and Eve, our first parents, and with sin came death in 2 forms: death of the body and death of the soul[1].  Physical death is when the soul separates itself from the body.  Death of the soul occurs when it is separated from God.  The Catechism (1849-1851) teaches us that sin turns us away from God and His love for us.

However, out of love for us, God gave us His Son, who died for our sins so that our souls could be redeemed.  Even during His mission, Jesus made it plain that he was not here as a reward for the righteous but as a redeemer of sinners.  When we are ill, we seek the help of a medical expert to help us find a way to get better.  God is the doctor who prescribed love for all those needing that little bit of extra help to find their way.   The breakthrough cure was Jesus, His life, mission, death and resurrection.  The instructions are in the Scriptures.

Very recently, Carlos had posted a blog on judgement of others.  Jesus Himself showed He judged others by their actions; not by what they did but what they are doing and the genuineness of their hearts.  He also reminds us that each of us are human beings, capable of sinning just like the next person.  None of us are perfect.  But no matter how imperfect each of us are, just like Levi welcomed Jesus into his home, as long as we keep our hearts open to Jesus, He will be willing to enter and be with us.  It is our choice to leave the door open.

1. Augustine, & Walsh, G. G. (1958). The City of God: an abridged version from the translation by Gerald G. Walsh With a condensation of the original foreword by Etienne Gilson. Edited, with an introd. Garden City, NY: Image Books.