Nothing but a Drunkard and Friend of Sinners
Malvern Minute


September 20, 2017 – Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

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A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (7:31-35)

Jesus said to the crowds:
To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance.
We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
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.’

But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”


Reflect: Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. This gospel passage shows that in the eyes of more than a few people Jesus was profiled as an out of control drunk who hung around with outcasts. It goes to show that even God can be portrayed to be bad if someone tries hard enough. Actually, that observation was actually an affirmation that Jesus was doing the right thing: God was manifest and attentive to all people, especially sinners and outcasts. The grace of God was not and is not available only to a select group, or to those who live “perfect” lives. God steps into the midst of even the least attractive situations with the least desirable people so that the Kingdom of God can be made known and that more people can be drawn to him. That leaves us with hope and a challenge. The hope is that no matter where life has taken us or what sins we have committed, God still loves us and seeks us out. The challenge is that as disciples, we need to be instruments of hope and proclaimers of the Kingdom of God particularly to those who need him the most and quite often in those places where we least desire to be.

Questions: How is Jesus calling my name no matter my sin? How might I unfairly judge those who are considered outcasts and not worthy of God? How is the Lord challenging me to be an authentic disciple by proclaiming his message to the “least of these” and in unexpected places?

Pray: Loving God, make my heart like yours. Help me to put aside my own desires and to seek nothing else but to make your love and mercy known to others, especially those most in need.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

The Holy Korean Martyrs: Pray for us!

Andrew Kim Tae-gon was born in Seoul, Korea. A convert to the faith, he was ordained Korea’s first native priest. The faith in Korea, however, was spread primarily by committed lay people. In fact, Andrew’s father was a martyr. In 1846, Andrew was tortured and beheaded along with his lay associate, seminarian Paul Chong Ha-sang. Between 1839 and 1867, 103 martyrs gave their lives for the faith in Korea.



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