Friday, June 24, 2011

The Catholic Defender: Rely upon His Mercy

"Jesus said, "Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners" Matthew (Matthew 9:13).

Something I could not helpbut think about on reflecting on these words, "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners", something just hit me. Jesus had healed a man born blind so that he could now see.

Jesus asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man? He answered and said, 'Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him? Jesus said to him, 'You have seen him and the one speaking with you is he'. He said, 'I do believe, Lord,' and he worshiped him" (John 9:35-36).

This is very important as Jesus continued, "I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind".

Jesus does call sinners to himself and offers us mercy. "Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, 'Surely we are not also blind, are we?' Jesus said to them, 'If you were blind, you would not have no sin; but now you are saying, 'We see', so your sin remains".

We strive to see, but we must see with our heart and not with our eyes.

We need to sharpen our eyes of faith so that we can truly see the Lord and follow him as did the Blind Man who was healed.

We definitely do not want to stay in the crowd of the Pharisees who claim to see and whose sin remains!

Get rid of them! Go to Confession so that you can be free of sin.

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