Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” —Mark 2:17
When I first think of being sick and needing healing, I think in terms of physical healing, which Christ did for many people during his ministry on earth. And indeed, my prayers every day include people for whom I wish physical healing. But with this passage, Jesus is referring to much more than physical healing. We all need healing when it comes to sin. And many times when we feel hurt or doubt or despair, we need emotional and spiritual healing as well.
I am especially drawn to this passage during this political season, as it is easy to become so entrenched in our views that we want to demonize everyone who has opposing viewpoints. We can forget to listen to others and fail to understand why they feel the way they do. And when we fail to talk to or listen to each other, we are not loving each other the way we should.
Jesus came to save us in spite of our sins. I know he loves me even when I screw up or become judgmental. He opens my eyes and my heart so that I may love others, even when they disagree with me. He forgives me when I fail to be the person he wants me to be. So, I am very glad that Jesus came not for the righteous, but for sinners, because that means he came for me!