But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion and not sacrifice’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9.12-13
Despite what some think - no one comes to the Eucharist believing ourselves perfect. We don’t come to Church thinking we are better than anyone else. In fact, if anything Christians should have a healthy dose of self-awareness, and sense of our own need of healing and strength. We come with a sense of our own brokenness - and as we remember Jesus Christ’s body in the bread broken and shared, we bring our own brokenness to God and seek grace, wholeness and love.
“The church is not a select circle of the immaculate, but a home where the outcast may come in. It is not a palace with gate attendants and challenging sentinels along the entrance-ways holding off at arm’s-length the stranger, but rather a hospital where the broken-hearted may be healed, and where all the weary and troubled may find rest and take counsel together.” ~ James H. Aughey
A slightly different musical reflection today:
Broken, Seether with Amy Lee