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21 February 2015

Read today’s Gospel Reading: Luke 5.27-32

Jesus makes a deliberate choice to seek out the outsiders – the tax collectors who were so frowned upon for their selfish greed and their collaboration with the occupying Roman forces. This did not go down well with the religious people – the Pharisees and the Scribes – but that didn’t put Jesus off. Jesus’ preference was to spend his time with people outside the safe zone of religious respectability. People who knew themselves to be beyond the pale were those most likely to respond to his message of forgiveness for past sins, new life in the present and hope for the future.

‘God in Christ reconciling the world to himself’ (2Cor 5.19) as St Paul put it, commits Jesus' followers to a similar pattern – our focus must be beyond the confines of the Church and our religious activities.  Our preference must be for being out there, spending time with people who would never imagine darkening the doors of a church building. This is where the action is, as far as Jesus is concerned. That’s where the real conversations happen. That’s where Christ is to be met. That’s where sins are to be forgiven, and lives changed. We should be there too, sharing Jesus where Jesus invites us to be with him.

Please try to share with someone what Jesus Christ has done and is doing in your life.

 

Today’s Gospel Reading is Luke 5.27-32

After this he went out and saw a tax-collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up, left everything, and followed him.

Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax-collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?’ Jesus answered, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.’