Matthew 9:9-13 "As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Reflection. What lessons this short passage contains. There is a three point sermon here, at least.
1. Think about who is included by Jesus: even those who society despised.
2. Think about how being welcomed and called by Jesus led to life change for one and the opportunity for others to meet Jesus.
3. Think about how those who thought they had things sorted were on the wrong side of the argument.
4. Think about whether we require either others to sacrifice themselves to be acceptable to us or do we live merciful lives.
5. Think about who we are in the story.
Prayer. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for calling me to follow you. May I be like Matthew and get up and follow you today, and tomorrow. Amen.