Saturday, the 1st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Hilary of Poitiers
Readings for today’s Mass
Today offers a good example of how Jesus treated tax collectors and sinners, which included the Gentiles. He first spoke with Matthew (Levi the tax collector). He even went home with him and shared a meal at his table. He accepted from the sinner the hospitality that was offered to him and the other followers.
This did not sit well at all with the Jewish keepers of the law who scoffed him: Why does he eat with the likes of those? Luke's gospel has pharisees complaining: Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. While these undesirables are clearly not respected, Jesus is equally clear about how we treat those we are at odds with; we treat them as if they were tax collectors and sinners. Jesus treated these with respect and friendship. He accepted their hospitality and invested time in their relationship. And he invited them to one of his own. THat's how we treat those we see differently.
How do you feel about Jesus' response to social undesirables? How do you treat people easily portrayed as sinners? Would you go home to supper with them, or to you steer clear in avoidance? Remember, those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.