In his Gospel passage, Luke 15:1-10, the evangelist recounts the story of Jesus’ reaction to the sinners who crowd around him—much to the dismay and disgust of the Pharisees and Scribes. They see unwanted and despised creatures, people they would never consort with. But Jesus proceeds to tell in parable His openhanded, openhearted reaction to those seeking Him. We read that Jesus welcomes these sinners who approach Him, surely coming out of curiosity but also with a desire to be noticed and perhaps invited to a closer relationship with Him. These are people with whom Jesus would seem to have no commonality. Yet He proclaims that heaven itself rejoices over the contrite sinners. These people know they are scorned by others, but they believe that Jesus will welcome them. Are we sometimes like the Pharisees and Scribes, unwilling to see the hidden or potential good in others?
By Carol Berg, OSB