“Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So to them Jesus addressed this parable: ‘A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’ So the father divided the property between them. After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need. So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed, but nobody gave him any.”
See the tax collectors and sinners gathered around Jesus and hear their comments from the sidelines.
Pay attention to Jesus’ way of responding to the Pharisees and Scribes complaints.
What lesson do you learn from Jesus here?
Heritage word—“Living joyfully and simply is for the love of the other in need in imitation of Jesus.”
(Sister Mary Sujita, 9th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)