Saturday, 25 February 2012

25th February 2012 Luke 5:27-32

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.  Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

I adore this about Jesus, he refused to abide by the social norms and so should we.  We should not go up against aestheists just because the media want us to.  We should eat with people of other faiths and none even though this is seen as strange by some.  We should open our doors wide to the homeless and addicts and those who need our help the most.  We are called to follow Jesus, so let's follow his example.

Jesus we thank you for showing us how to live and how to accept, now help us as we break our own societal norms and follow your example.  Amen.

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