‘For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children.’ [Luke 7.33-35]
Dom Helder Camara, born February 7, 1909, in Fortazela, Brazil, became a bishop of the Catholic Church and one of the 20th century’s great apostles of non-violence. He once remarked: ‘When I fed the poor they called me a saint. When I asked why they were poor, they called me a Communist.’
I am reminded of Jesus in the Gospels. When he healed and taught he was sought out and admired, but when he questioned the dead religious traditions of the day he was labelled a heretic and a threat.
Join us this Sunday as we watch Jesus at dinner with Simon the Pharisee, his host, and his response to a woman of the streets and her act of devotion (Luke 7.36-50).