Jesus came to call sinners, not the righteous. But the Pharisees spent their lives trying to stay righteous – which meant avoiding being contaminated by sinners. The Jewish community in Melbourne had a similar attitude when Anglican Archbishop Freier hosted a visit by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami in 2009. But Anglican priest Kahalil Razmara did exactly what Jesus would have done. Revd Razmara trusted God.

Listen to the sermon preached by the Revd Bryce Amner on Sunday 23 September 2018.

The scripture readings are Matthew 9:9-13 and James 2:18–26.

22 min, 12 sec

Sermon: The problem with staying righteous