Am I a sinner?

Thoughts on Sunday June 12, 2016 Gospel reading Lk 7:36-50



For us who profess the Catholic faith, being a sinner is a part of our frail humanity. Yet, actually believing that I am a sinner is not an easy pill to swallow.


Many of us freely admit that we slip at times, commit “small sins”. We go to confession and then we move on. Our sins are forgiven, we are no longer sinners.


Ahhh, but there’s the rub. For do we believe that we then no longer have any faults? Or that our sins are smaller and therefore less offensive to God than those of “Real sinners”?

Do we think that somehow we are above the rabble, those “sinners”, since we do not have “Serious” sins on our souls?
As St. Luke tells us in the gospel story of the woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears, and drys them with her hair and then anointed them with expensive oil.

“So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.* But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”Lk7:47


Do we love our children too little because we do not love Jesus fully? Do we sit in judgement of them? Or do we try to imitate Christ and love them since we as fellow sinners enjoy the forgiveness of Christ?


“And so fellow sinners, if you want to love more fully, let Jesus forgive you.” Bishop Robert Baron


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