March 30, 2019

4th Sunday of Lent - C (March 31, 2019)

“This Man Welcomes Sinners
Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32

Those who oppose Jesus “complains” that he “welcomes sinners.”  

The Greek verb translated here as “welcome” also has the connotation of longing.  Luke uses this verb in a few other occasions usually to describe how people wait.  Two of such people are the two elderly prophets Simeon and Anna who spent their whole lives “await” the Messiah or “the fulfillment of God’s promise.”

No wonder the Pharisees and the scribes find it outrageous that Jesus “welcomes” sinners.

Can I accept the outrageous way that God welcomes me as a sinner?  And can I accept that same outrageous way with which God welcomes people I judge as sinners?

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