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The Roches: Everyone is Good

June 13, 2008

Justice Jukebox

Who would it be scandalous for Jesus to share a meal with today?

I found myself asking that question this week. As a Catholic, I felt particularly convicted by the Gospel reading at last Sunday’s mass. It was Mathew 9:9-13, in which Jesus responds to those who questioned why he would eat with sinners:

12But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.

13“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

It seems we live in the age of righteous fulmination, scornful separation and hatred. Far from bridging divides, the internet seems prone to exacerbate them — and sometimes it seems no place more so than the Catholic blogosphere.

I take this Gospel reading as at the core of our Christian call to love. A radical, unconditional love that must include even especially those we deem sinful.

This song by the Roches seems an anthem for this radical love.


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