Jesus’ compassion was also controversial. The ways Jesus reached out to others, and the others to whom he reached out, shocked the righteous people of his day and scandalized them. Our strong human inclination is to associate primarily with those who think like us, dress like us, and act like us. Jesus invites us to go outside our comfort zone and to risk opening our lives to those we might be tempted to think of as “unrighteous” or “sinners.” God’s embrace is wide enough for us all.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE