By Fr. Alex Anthony, MSC 

“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.” (Lk. 5:31-32)

Sometimes we, too, think like the Pharisees and scribes and complain against our fellow brethren. For an example, someone comes and says:

“Father! So and so whom I know is in an LGBTQ group. I don’t want to talk to him and I feel very bad for him.”

When Pope Francis was asked a question regarding this issue, he said, “Who am I to judge my fellow brethren,” in reference to Rom. 14:10, which reads ”Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.”

So rather than complaining about others we should pray for them. We need to keep one thing in mind — that the Church consists of saints and sinners, from the beginning till now. So let us try to move from our sinfulness to holiness of life for what we all are called. When Jesus called Levi the tax collector to be his disciple and to have salvation, he left everything and followed him. Our Lord Jesus is calling each one of us today. Let us heed to his call and follow him.

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