The Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes those we don’t approve of and eats with them.”
And Jesus told them…”I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one person you don’t approve of who repents than over ninety-nine people you approve of who need no repentance.”
* My paraphrase, substituting for the words ‘sinners’ and ‘righteous persons’.
We who are disapproved are prized by the One who was disapproved.
We who are approved (and thus one with the disapprovers) miss out on the joy of heaven.
Lord, have mercy on us!
p.s. My friend Samuel, one of the disapproved, is safe in Mexico with people who love him and care for him , including his son (!). God’s loving-kindness knows no borders and no bounds.