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JESUS REFUSES TO TREAT PEOPLE LIKE LEVI AND HIS FRIENDS AS PARIAHS

17 Feb

Today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 5:27-32 – Saturday after Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2018

The Lord calls Levi and then dines with an entire parliament of tax agents. He refuses to treat them as pariahs. Even if they had been an especially corrupt group, which they probably were not, their continued isolation and de facto excommunication would have done little to change them. Hence, the Lord insists on exchanging fellowship with them that they might witness His teaching put into practice even though they might have otherwise been reluctant to hear it expounded in theory.

Our own lives can provide a more powerful attraction to the unchurched and alienated Christian than would any lecture or homily. The power of example is gigantic. We preach what we practice.

The solid base on which our spiritual efforts of Lent should be grounded is the effort to heal our relationships with others.

Jakarta, 17 February 2018

A Christian Pilgrim

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