We are called to be with and for all people, this idea is a fundamental of Christianity. That means we help others; that means we do not judge; that means we do not reject, belittle, demean.
In as much as people want to be better and forgive themselves and others of wrong-doing, so too we must respond in kind.
The credo of Christianity is to forgive and to help others. This is our calling, each and every day. This is the basic lesson from Mark’s gospel below; this is how Jesus approached the world and those around him.
This is our calling.
Gospel Mk 2:13-17
Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”