Bishop Barron's Daily GospelReflecton Friday, December 9, 2016
My thoughts on today's Gospel reading...
Friday, December 9, 2016
2nd Week in Advent, Year I
in today’s Gospel the Pharisees compare the eating habits of John the
Baptist, who fasted, and Jesus, who dined with sinners. In the carefully
stratified society of Jesus’ time, a righteous person would never
associate with the unrighteous, for fear of becoming unclean.
here is Jesus, scandalizing everyone because he does indeed break down
these barriers. How would you feel if you saw me socializing with
prostitutes and drug-dealers, eating and drinking with terrorists? Would
it shock you, dismay you, disappoint you? But this is what Jesus did,
precisely because he was the Incarnation of the God who aggressively
seeks out the lost.
looks for us, comes running after us, never lets go, never relents,
never gives up. The more we run, the more he runs after; the more we
hide, the more he looks; the more we resist, the more he persists. God
likes sinners and associates with them.