These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 00:00

Saints Andrew Kim Taejon & Saint Paul Chong Ha-sang & Companions, Martyrs, September 20

The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' (Lk 7:31-37)
This is one of the oldest charges against Jesus made by good religious folks attacking the Lord’s table ministry. Of course, there are church folks who still attack that table ministry and want to prevent the “tax collectors and sinners” from getting too close. Perhaps we all should remember that it’s not OUR table, it’s not OUR invitation. It’s the Table of the Lord, and it’s the Lord who does the inviting. We celebrate today the first martyrs of Korea (1791-1888).

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