Sunday, October 31, 2010

Questions I Need to Ask Myself

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what is lost. (Luke 19:10)
Jesus changed Zacchaeus' life. 
Jesus came into his life and asked to dine with him. He didn't ask Zacchaeus to change first. He loved him the way he was.
Zacchaeus encountered Christ. Then he was healed.
Is there a lesson here for me?
How do I treat sinners, especially the "public" ones? Do I welcome them first? Do I treat them with love and compassion? Do I invite them to the Table of the Lord?
Or do I judge them? Do I ask them to be "perfect" first? Do I want them to "change" first?
Jesus came to heal the sick. Do I forget that?
And what about me? Do I need healing?
Fr. Ron Rolheiser writes in his book, Against An Infinite Horizon - "... that going to eucharist is not a moral statement. We go to eucharist because we need health, not because we are healthy."
Lord, help me to see others through your eyes. Help me to welcome the stranger and the sinner. Help me to bring your love to all. Amen.


Karinann said...

All good questions and ones I need to ask as well. I love father's quote about going to the Eucharist. So true- we need what only Jesus can give.
Thanks and God bless!

Karinann said...

Me again- Thanks for the link to the Sunday Website. I posted their video on my sidebar.

hip-chick said...

Oh wonderful thoughts. Does being healthy before the Lord mean being a perfect Christian? Never going to happen. Maybe it just means putting our best foot forward and really trying..of course that would be trying in God's eyes and not our own. As for welcoming sinners....Aren't we all sinners?

Anne said...

Great quote from Ronald Rolheiser! This post encourages me to always go to Jesus, to never be afraid or bound by false humility-He will always love and accept me, just as I am and through Him and His love for me, I will be changed!

Jamey said...

Good thought provoking many people get ignored or rejected because they did not meet someones expectations.

Jean Wise said...

great questions! Often this story reminds me that Jesus not only looked for but interacted and loved those on the margins of life. A place I fail to follow Him too. Thanks for the reminder.

Colleen said...

Karinann, I love that quote too. I try to always remember it. I so often feel like I have to be perfect first.
You are welcome for the link. I love that website.

hip-chick, yes, we are all sinners but I think when we judge, we have forgotten that.

Anne - Amen! Thanks for your comment!

Jamey, very true. We need God's grace to help us accept others as they are. And to accept ourselves as well.

Jean, you are welcome! God bless!

deodate said...

You ask good questions. Isn't it amazing how transforming meeting Jesus is? Once we meet him, there's no turning back. He's always offering that invitation, waiting for our response. Thanks for the post.

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

AMEN! Thank you Colleen!

Colleen said...

Andie, yes it is amazing! Thanks!

Judy, you are welcome! Thanks for your visit!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you for this post. We tend to view strangers with concern and suspicion; unlike Christ who welcomed them BECAUSE they were sinners.

God bless.

Colleen said...

Victor, thank you! God bless!

Mary333 said...

This is an excellent post, Colleen, and the questions are ones we should all ask ourselves. I liked the quote by Fr Rolheiser, we NEED this Sacrament. I laughed about the moral statement part - it struck me as funny to think of people going to Communion for this reason!

Colleen said...

Thank you Mary! I love that quote too!

RAnn said...

Questions that remind us yet again that we need a Savior; God isn't finished with us yet.

Colleen said...

RAnn, that is for sure! God bless!

evanscove said...

These are excellent things for all of us to keep in mind. We need to remember to be humble and forgiving, as we too are sinners in need of grace.

Thanks for the reminder! :-)


Barb Schoeneberger said...

Glad you raised these questions. I never thought about receiving Holy Communion as a moral statement - heaven forbid it! But the questions are a challenge to improve evangelization. Jesus did come for sinners and I love that Zaccheus climbed the tree to see Jesus. How willing am I to climb a tree to see Him, too?

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

I sang the psalm this morning at Mass, and it was one of the most soul-searching experiences I've ever had as a psalmist. "My feet have been steadfast in your paths." Really? "Hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit." Ouch. I didn't deserve to sing these words. Very uncomfortable. But yet, it was one of the most moving, beautiful (musically, I mean) experiences I've had in a long time. Funny how that works.

Colleen said...

Evan - amen!!

Barb - I ask myself the same question about being like Zacchaeus.

Kathleen, that sounds like quite an experience singing that psalm. Thank you!