While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”
Life is not a contest to achieve worthiness of being loved by God. If that were the case…we would all fail. We are all sinners. At times we all choose our own selfish interests over God’s interests for us. Jesus was quite comfortable sitting with all the sinners at table…which would have been quite scandalous! The religious leaders took issue with Jesus sharing a meal with such people. But the only people Jesus seemed to take issue with were the religious leaders who wanted to separate themselves from those they deemed unworthy. (Who are the people we separate ourselves from today?) Jesus showed quite clearly that God wants to be with sinners. How else will each of us truly experience the unconditional, transforming love of God? Jesus wants to sit at table with you and me. This is Good News!
Suggested song of the day– “How Wonderful to Me” on the Live to Love album.
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Remember…God loves you!