Jesus Eats With Tax Collectors And Sinners

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

Jesus welcomed sinners to his table.

Money being counted

He didn’t plan his day so that he could be seen with the famous, the rich and the good. No, Jesus was happy to dine with sinners and the despised Jewish tax collectors.

When Jesus and his disciples dined with Matthew, a tax collector, other tax collectors and sinners joined them. The angry Pharisees took notice and asked the disciples why.

Jesus overheard and said, “Those who are healthy don’t need a physician [a doctor], but those who are sick do… For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners”. (Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17, Luke 5:27-32)

Thought

There is an old saying, “If something isn’t broken, it doesn’t need fixing”. Jesus spent much of his time with those who needed, “fixing”; the non-believers and sinners!

Reflection

Lord Jesus, I have chosen to serve you. Lead me to where I can help.

Prayer: Guidance (Basil of Caesarea)

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of evil and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger,
in your name, I shall find comfort and peace.