Thursday, August 01, 2019

Pascal: two kinds of men

Thursday, August 1, 2019
    When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the “sinners” and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
    On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
    —Mark 2:16-17 (NIV)
    There are only two kinds of men: the righteous, who believe themselves sinners; the rest, sinners, who believe themselves righteous.
    ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #534, p. 174 (see the book)
    See also Mark 2:16-17; Matt. 9:11-12; Luke 5:30-32; 15:7; 16:14-15; Rom. 3:10-20; 5:20
Quiet time reflection:
    You have shown me my unrighteousness, Lord.
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