After reflecting upon last week’s scriptures, I stumbled on something that was kind of interesting. Jesus calls Levi the tax collector (not such a liked guy) to follow him. Levi drops everything, follows Jesus and along the way, asks Jesus come to his house for a bite to eat. The word gets around and other tax collectors (seen as sinners) are also invited to dine with Jesus at Levi’s house. This does not “go over” well with the Jewish Pharisee’s and scribes. Now they show up at Levi’s house to see what’s up. None too happy, they challenge Jesus with hanging out with sinners. And Jesus “drops another bomb” by replying to them that He comes as a physician to heal those wounded (by sin) and calls not the righteous (they are in good shape already and on the right path), but rather sinners!
I chose the title of this week’s reflection “Chronicity of Sin” because it connected me to this scene and my “vast” relationship with sin. Sin has and remains a regrettable part of my personal existence and relationships with others. Do I believe that Jesus died for our sins and in doing so, gave us a future, eternal life after this one blows away? Yes. So, with so much at stake, “why do I continue to sin?” This sinful “acting out” disturbs me a big way. It probably is the greatest paradox of my life; knowing how much potential I possess to follow the Gospel and at the same time being a “traitor” of sorts to that same message.
Maybe you too have felt this way? The chronicity of sin and darkness can be likened to a difficult and pesky neighbor who you wished would “just move away;” yet refuses to do so and continues to annoy you. This “neighbor” digs in further by creating more hostility and endless frustration. Maybe you are possibly dealing with this neighbor right now? As we approach our Lenten journeys, I suggest that we take a moment to examine not so much the chronicity of our sin, but rather what we choose do with the consequences of our sin. Do we sink into the “rip tide” of our sin or do we learn to swim with it and avoid drowning? It appears that sin in unavoidable (at least for the moment J) and is the neighbor who refuses to be “evicted.”
So, one last question I pose to you. Do we give this neighbor permission to annoy, disturb and confuse us more or do we decide to “push past the Pharisees and scribes” and take a seat alongside the tax collectors who followed Him home? Once again, it becomes a personal decision to follow Christ.blog comments powered by Disqus