Belonging to a parish community is an essential element in the life of faith as a Catholic and a Christian. It connects you with the good work and inspiring teaching of Christ’s church—it is the body of Christ in the world, and we are called to be a part of it!
Our Lord welcomes everyone, and so we welcome. Jesus’ actions and words resound with welcome. The crowds go out to Him precisely because they feel welcome – because Jesus speaks of forgiveness; He favors the poor and outcast; He touches the untouchable. In Simon the Pharisee’s house, He welcomes the repentant woman. He rebukes the disciples who prevented the children from coming to Him. He welcomes the cries of blind Bartimaeus, when the crowds sought to silence Him. And, quite spectacularly, He welcomes Himself to the home of Zacchaeus, a tax collector despised by many.