Loving, accepting tax collectors and sinners

Before we even judge others, let us remember to love, to be merciful, to be accepting… like Jesus.

An excerpt from today’s Gospel reading:

“While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.” — Matthew 9:10

Put yourself in the position of Jesus. Will you honestly be able to eat with corrupt officials and criminals?

I wish I can say that I can. Well, I wish that I can.

Yet, Jesus did. And many of the sinners and tax collectors, like Matthew and Zaccheus, changed their ways because Jesus ate with them, built relationships with them, and, most importantly, loved and accepted them.

“Jesus said, ‘Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.’” — Matthew 9:12-13

Before we even judge others, let us remember to love, to be merciful, to be accepting… like Jesus. 

 

P.S. Let us love and accept sinners for we, too, are sinners.


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