Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121515.cfm
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
Jesus came and ministered to the people who were outcasts and shunned by the “upper” class. These were the people who did wrong, but saw it and repented for the life they had lived. Those who considered themselves better than them could not see who Jesus was. Their pride and their arrogance got in their way. How about you? Do you know who Jesus is? Are you willing to sit and eat with sinners, admit that you are a sinner?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, because of your grace and mercy I have recognized that I am a sinner so greatly in need of your mercy. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor.