Saturday 18 March 2017

About Today Readings

Sat 18th. St Cyril of Jerusalem. Mi 7:14-15,18-20; Lk 15:1-3,11-32.

In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.

‘This man … welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ Luke 15:2

Here is another confronting revolution. I naively expect Jesus to be wearing white robes, sporting a halo and generally being nice. But no, Jesus eats with sinners. If this Lenten journey is about turning my life and my values around, then here is a lesson in repentance for me: to see naked, crude, wounded humanity through God’s loving and merciful eyes. I am learning to understand that God sees me in the same way that I see a noisy, smelly helpless little baby: full of delight and love, despite the social irresponsibility at both ends! Jesus comes down the mountain and enters into our world of irresponsibility and destitution and pain. Jesus welcomes me as I am and loves me as I am. I will turn my life around.

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