"Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus said to them in reply,
"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
It is always sobering to recognize our sinfulness, to realize that we are sick at heart and desperately in need of forgiveness. What a relief to know that Christ Jesus has come to heal us. The sick know their need for God. No wonder that our Cistercian father, William of St. Thierry, will refer to the monastery as giant infirmary, where we sick monks have come for Jesus' therapeutic mercy.
Photograph by Brother Brian.