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To: fwdude

That’s what concerns me.

Now, one can rightfully say that Jesus associated with sinners and tax collectors, but Jesus did not invite them into His inner circle until they demonstrated a repentant heart (Matthew).


20 posted on 04/03/2014 1:30:02 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Obadiah
Reading the lines before those scenes, it was because there 'were many who followed him' (Mark 2) and also that it was because they wanted to hear what he had to say (can't recall which book, but I read it either in a Daily Mass or a reading from the Breviary/Office of the Hours).

So basically, the sinners can to him because their ears and hearts were at least open to repentance. Of course, the Pharisees missed that point. I think we need to point this out when people use the argument you referred to. It's not like Jesus didn't care about them - he came for sinners and tax collectors to preach, not to hang out with.

31 posted on 04/03/2014 2:18:31 PM PDT by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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