Thursday, 23 March 2017

Lent 2017 - 21st March

Tuesday 21st March

One of my readings for 21st was Luke 15:1-7. The first two verses say:
One day when many tax collectors and other outcasts came to listen to Jesus, the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law started grumbling, "This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!"

Those words, about Jesus welcoming outcasts and 'even' eating with them really struck home. There is so much talk currently within the RCC Church about whether or not certain people should be allowed to receive Communion, but this seems to simply say all that is needed!

Those outcasts turned up to listen to Jesus and to eat with him, and he spoke to them and received them and ate with them. He knew what was in their hearts when no mere human could possibly know that. So what's so different nowadays? Would Jesus really want to be prevented from reaching people through the receiving of Communion when the people perceived by mere men as sinners too bad to even sit at table, the modern day 'outcasts,' have made the effort to turn up and listen and eat?

I'm sure though that my feelings are way too simple and there are 'wonderful' theological reasons why all sorts of people should be prevented from receiving Holy Communion! Hopefully, those responsible for that - those men who know the hearts of others so intimately - will be able to explain their reasoning satisfactorily when their time comes.

So my piece is showing one of those 'outcasts' - but she has taken the first step! She has turned up, is listening. The little glimpses of light signify the hope she has and the love or her that God has - I hope they show up on FB as it often darkens images it seems!
Bernie x

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