February 25

My Identity
Hello my good friend and once again
thank you for joining me here in The Garden.
"Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are"
goes the saying.
But if there be an exception to every rule
I think Jesus is the exception to this rule.
He associated with all kinds of people
-- the really good people
and perhaps those one might take exception to.
But whomever it was that He associated with
it was to lift that person up and
help that
person become better,
to grow spiritually.
Today's Gospel starts off:
"The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near
to listen to Him,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to
complain, saying,
'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.'"
Jesus gives us a beautiful example of what we should be
-- a leaven in society.
Not condemn others but help and
encourage them to grow.
If we have that spiritual vision of
retaining our own identity and relationship with the Lord
while at the same time associating with others
we can't got wrong.
They will grow and we ourselves will grow
in our relationship with the Lord.
That's why He tells us
we are the light of the world, a leaven in society.
We are called to bring hope and love
to others.
God bless and have a great day.
Father Peter