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A tax collector, a prostitute, a sinner am I

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If Jesus were to return today, would he dine with us? You may ask if this is a trick question.

It is!

For many Catholics, and non-Catholic Christians, believe themselves to be 'Jesus' worthy because of their charitable giving, church attendance, and parish/church activity. But to believe that personal effort, and natural talent, will build you a stairway to heaven, is to believe like a Pharisee, like a Pelagian, or like any philanthropic pagan.

If you wish to dine with Jesus, you would be wise to admit that you are a tax collector, a prostitute, and a sinner like me.

"Can it indeed be that God dwells on earth? If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple which I have built!" 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30

Many a Catholic, many a 'Christian,' believe in themselves far too much, and in Jesus far too little. Many a current disciple of Christ relies all too much on their own good looks, on their own riches, talents, and strengths. But some of us aren't as blessed, and those of us blessed will age, and our gifts will fade.

What then will we rely on for our salvation?

"Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest
in which she puts her young—
Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my king and my God!
" Psalm 84:3-5, 10-11

Some of us 'believers' are a little too big for our britches. Pride, success, accolades, and affluence have made us less like Jesus, and more like Judas. The greatest thing that can happen to us, sometimes, is to lose, to fail, to become extremely frustrated in our efforts, and to become repentant little sparrows, and swallows, seeking Jesus, on His terms, in His Abundant Mercy.

"You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition." Mark 7:1-13

Catholics point at non-Catholics and say that they deny the fullness of the faith. Non-Catholics negatively judge Catholics because of the fullness of their faith. Both parties make up the rules as they go along. After all, sin is a demonic revision of the Commandments in our own whimsical ways.

All Christians are sinners! All Christians need the Savior.