Thought for the Day
Jose Paul (New Delhi)
Jesus Christ came into this world because of His love for humanity and wanted to save it from all the vices. So, he was not on the lookout for the saintly gentlemen who are already endowed with great virtues. He was looking for people who needed his help to take them out from the sinful life. He did hate sins, but he loved the people who fell into the trap of sin. He searched for those who were sinners and tried to transform them into their divine self. He forgave their sins without conditions and gave them a good life. Hence, the first duty of the followers of Jesus is to keep off from sins but at the same time give sympathy, empathy, forgiveness and love to the persons who have fallen in the traps of sins.
Whatever may be the sinful trap a person has fallen in, we are supposed to love the person as the child of God while we keep evading sins. That is why when he was asked about his opinion on gay people, Pope Francis asked, “Who am I to judge?” Bring the people closer to church by welcoming them, nay, as Pope Francis said “go in search of them” as Jesus himself spoke of searching for the lost sheep.
Worldly nature is to label these people as thieves, liars, cheats, gay, lesbian, divorced and so on. And then deal with them with contempt. I am not in a position to state what should be done or what should not be done. But here is a question for us Catholics. What will be Jesus wanting to do to their life. He said to the crowd “one who has not committed any sin may first throw the stone at the lady whom they called a Prostitute” This is exactly what People Francis said “Who am I to judge?” The Catholic Church is not a judge. It’s very essence is “Love”, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Let this be the core of every one named Catholic either lay person, clergy or as an organization such as Church. Avoid sin but not the sinner.
The church has to think before it bars some people from the church or refusing to allow them to participate in the spiritual activities. The church is not a place only for saintly people to participate. If this is the case, the very incarnation of Christ, His life on earth and His sufferings and crucifixion has had no meaning. Let us all, the lay as well as the clergy, search for ways and means for making this Church of ours a real nest of love.