Mark 2:13-19 – 13 Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14 As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. 15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “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.”

“Jesus is not afraid to lose his good name as he mixed with tax collectors and sinners or have his reputation smeared. The gospel is good news to those who are in need of being saved. No matter who we are, what we may have become and how far we may have strayed, we have a God who is on our side who is not ashamed or afraid to mix with and meet us in our misery”.

Commentary taken from BIBLE DIARY app. A Claretian Pastoral Initiative

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