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“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
    but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” - Proverbs 13:20 

In many ways, we become who we associate with. This is certainly what the Pharisees thought when they and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

They were of the mindset that if you associated with sinners, you became unclean and would have to purify yourself and give to the Temple. They could not understand Jesus.

But Jesus offers them two parables – one of a shepherd who has lost a sheep and the other of a widow who has lost a coin. In both instances, there was a great celebration when that which was lost is found.

St. Paul, in his first letter to Timothy, makes clear Jesus’ mission: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

Jesus not only came into this world to associate with sinners but became one. He became all of them as He was led to the cross for all of us.

He earned our forgiveness. All He asks in return is our faith and trust.

Today's Readings (read at https://biblegateway.com):
Ezekiel 34:11–24
1 Timothy 1:12–17
Luke 15:1–10 

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