Friday, March 11, 2022 | Mark 2:13-22
When Jesus is criticized for dining with the tax collectors and sinners, Jesus replies “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (v.17)
I like this reference to Jesus as a physician not only because we know him as a healer, but because it demonstrates his care and love for all, regardless of the neglect of their soul’s health. This is similar to a physician who shows no discrimination towards patients neglecting their physical health. Both accept, care, and seek those in need.
But we, like the scribes and Pharisees, too often judge those we deem different, as outcasts, or as sinners. We don’t allow ourselves to accept that they have goodness within them, have the potential to love, and are, perhaps, not where they want or need to be. We are not loving our neighbor as ourselves. I once read an article that this ‘golden rule’ is a common theme among all religions. What a calming thought it is that, across religions, love of our neighbor is a common value.
If this Lent we all execute a daily practice of loving thy neighbor, perhaps it will grow, like a vine, weaving its way beyond our neighbors, to our cities, countries, and neighbors throughout the world.
David Koeing and his partner have been attending Trinity Cathedral since October 2021. They live in Lawrenceville, where they like to spend weekends with their grandsons. David is a 36 year veteran of BNYMellon.