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I have come to call sinners to repentance

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Jesus eats and visits with sinners. He does this because they are the ones who need Him.

"I Have Come To Call Not The RIGHTEOUS
But SINNERS To Repentance"
Jesus eats and visits with sinners. He does this because they are the ones who need Him.  
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
In Luke's Gospel, Jesus eats and visits with sinners. He does this because they are the ones who need Him. As we reflect upon this scene, it challenges us to take a deeper look at ourselves. We may get so used to ourselves, our way of living, our faults even, that we tend to take whatever is the status quo as a given and accept this as a packaged deal and the only way. But Scripture has hope about our future, with a vision of possibilities. If we listen to it carefully and take it to heart, the Holy Spirit will enlighten our self-knowledge, and lead us to a greater sensitivity to God's grace. We can profit from the words in Isaiah, by examination of our consciences in these first days of the Lenten season. Isaiah tells us to remove oppression from our midst, to remove false accusation and malicious speech. We are to share with the hungry, help the afflicted without seeking own needs and interests. We also need to acknowledge that we are among those who need Jesus.
 
On Ash Wednesday, we come to receive ashes on our foreheads. Some would think that the ashes mark only the righteous, those who already practice their faith and go to Church. In reality it simply expresses the need for each and every one of us, including those of us who already are seeking God, to repent and do penance. Jesus calls all to the mercy and compassion of God so that the life-changing power of forgiveness might be experienced. He calls us to receive ashes. He also calls us to receive forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance and spiritual nourishment in the sacrament of the Eucharist.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder. Our main challenge during this time of Lent is to be more open to the saving powerful love that only comes from God as a gift to us! Pope Francis has reminded us that the Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak (Evangelii Gaudium 47.)
 
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