Beads of Joy 01-16-10
He Eats With Sinners
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
This is so exciting, this is why Jesus is here. Today's reading has some incredible jewels of wisdom within it, Mark 2:13-17 (The Call of Levi). "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." (verse 17), this is one of so many exciting statements from Jesus. We are all sinners and "while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5:8. I highly recommend you spend time in scripture, you will be filled with so much joy everyday. The bible is God's words and it's our guide. Every single topic and thought you can possibly imagine is written about.
The New Testament leads the way while the Old Testament provides a most secure solid foundation. In today's reading: Jesus is calling Levi to follow Him, the Pharisees questioned to protest Jesus and Jesus' solid firm response; has me pondering on so many magnificent scriptures that reflect exactly what Jesus' response was all about. It is written in 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." Here Jesus passed on to Paul a most precious piece of wisdom about God's grace.
Do we live a life with the knowledge that we are all indeed sinners? or Are we living a life thinking and acting like the Pharisees with a self-righteous attitude? What is it that draws us to God, His Mercy and His Grace? So many are drawn to Jesus, it doesn't matter who we are: if we are the unwanted, the homeless, widows, corrupt individuals, prostitutes, the unlovable. We have to remember one very important thing, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23. See how exciting the Holy Bible is. I am so ecstatically thrilled to be able to spend time in the word. Please spend time reading His word, you'll be so filled with joy.
Let us sit down and eat with Jesus, there is so much to be learned here by His example. We are indeed amongst the list of all those our Lord has come to heal. "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." v.17 as I have quoted earlier in this blog. What we have received from God is exactly what He wants us to give to others. We all know it's not always going to be easy trying to be generous, helpful or kind to people who are unlikable maybe for their rudeness, or their meanness, or maybe they are a trouble-maker. It don't really matter though, we must give them that which we have received.
Our kindness and generosity towards others must be sincere.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO