Regarding the April 12 letter “Embracing equality”: The writer asked, “What would Jesus say and teach about this issue? With the company he kept and the acts he performed during his days on earth, did Jesus not demonstrate that all people were to be loved and treated equally, without exception?” I would like to answer these questions.
Jesus Christ certainly does love us all. However, we can sometimes make the wrong choices. Here’s a famous selection from St. John’s Gospel about the woman caught in adultery: “Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She replied, ‘No one, sir.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more’” (John 8:10-11).
While Jesus did keep company with sinners, he did so in order to lead them away from their sins and draw them closer to him. Jesus wants us to be the best versions of ourselves, and that means recognizing the sins in our lives and asking Jesus for help in avoiding them in the future.
Change is painful, but once we leave our guilt and sins behind, we will experience true freedom.