6 Oct 2017
Some people know they’re sinners, and others need to be told they’re sinners. That’s basically what’s happening in our readings this morning. Admitting our sins—and the importance of being able to do that—is the main idea. And it’s the main idea because God can only do his thing with those who know they need him.
Jesus is not only the Bridegroom of our souls, he’s also the Divine Physician. God loves us, yes. But he sent his Son also to heal us, to heal our wounded souls. And, like any doctor, he can’t do his thing if the patient refuses to believe that he or she is sick.
This is why Jesus is so hard on the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. It’s why he’s so hard on the chief priests, the scribes, and the Pharisees—and we’ll see more of that in this weekend’s readings. Jesus tries to get people to realize how much they need him; how much they need the grace of God. And that’s why sometimes he’s pretty blunt in calling a spade a spade.
Jesus came to call sinners; he came to heal them and to love them. How lucky we are to know we’re sinners. It’s to us that the grace of God comes.