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January 13, 2018

Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 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.

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. 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?”

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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What others need

Today’s Gospel is the first of a series of encounters in which the Pharisees question Jesus’s loyalty to the Jewish law.  His call to a tax collector caused quite a stir, but his willingness to dine with tax collectors and sinners, those who were the outcasts in their society, put him at odds with those who insisted on rigid adherence to the law.  Jesus didn’t ignore the law because he didn’t care about it, he simply focused his attention on the person or people in front of him, and offered them what they needed at that time.

Who are the people in our lives who need our companionship rather than our judgement?  How can we consider what they need from us, rather than focusing on what we think they deserve?  Who is Jesus inviting us to gather with around the table?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you ate with tax collectors and sinners, offering your companionship as an entrypoint into a relationship with you.  Help us to be present to those around us who may feel like outcasts, offering them what they need instead of what others may say they deserve.  May we follow your example in all that we do.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 


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January 13, 2018

Mk 2:13-17

Jesus went out again beside the sea; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 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.

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. 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?”

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.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What others need

Today’s Gospel is the first of a series of encounters in which the Pharisees question Jesus’s loyalty to the Jewish law.  His call to a tax collector caused quite a stir, but his willingness to dine with tax collectors and sinners, those who were the outcasts in their society, put him at odds with those who insisted on rigid adherence to the law.  Jesus didn’t ignore the law because he didn’t care about it, he simply focused his attention on the person or people in front of him, and offered them what they needed at that time.

Who are the people in our lives who need our companionship rather than our judgement?  How can we consider what they need from us, rather than focusing on what we think they deserve?  Who is Jesus inviting us to gather with around the table?

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you ate with tax collectors and sinners, offering your companionship as an entrypoint into a relationship with you.  Help us to be present to those around us who may feel like outcasts, offering them what they need instead of what others may say they deserve.  May we follow your example in all that we do.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

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