Have you ever noticed how in large groups there is always the in-crowd and those who do not seem to belong? In every group, every organization, and every gathering, there are some who don’t belong. In today’s scripture, Jesus makes a point to dine with some of those who did not belong. In fact, the religious folks who are also trying to figure out this rabbi, ask themselves, “why is he eating with such scum?” This religious “in-crowd” isassessing who Jesus is by watching who he hangs out with. In Spanish we have a saying my mom used to repeat to me all the time, “Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres.” I will attempt to translate, “Tell me who you are hanging with, and I will tell you who you are.” I bet there is a saying that resembles that in English (just haven’t heard it, lol).
The issue is that Jesus is ushering a new way. He is changing the expectations; he is turning the tables. In fact, Jesus’ response is, “Healthy people do not need a doctor––sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” I invite you to read the short scripture below a couple of times. Reflect on what your reactionwould have been to see Jesus eating with “scum.” Also, think about who Jesus is call us too today. How can we, like Jesus, be people who challenge the expectations, and welcome those who are not part of the “in” crowd? Then begin by praying the prayer of peace after the video.
Scripture: Mark 2:13-17
Prayer of Peace: Jesus, I choose to follow your Way of Peace. Lead me to one person that I can love, give hope, and bring your peace to today. Amen!
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