let’s eat:day two

[Read & meditate on Matthew 9.9-13. Sharing a meal with someone communicates acceptance and belonging–it communicates who is in and who is out. Reflect on who Jesus showed love and acceptance to at this meal.]

Tax collectors and notorious sinners. Jesus seemed more concerned about these people than his own reputation. He invited and accepted Matthew, a tax collector, and then in accepting Matthew, he accepted Matthew’s friends. I suppose he saw them as humans, created in his image, by himself–not as labels. He looked right past the labels, because to him labels are meaningless.