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Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew 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 the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners."

Matthew 9:9-13
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    • Matthew the tax collector served a system that encouraged greed and exploited the poor. The Jews regarded tax collectors as wicked people who violated God’s law. Yet when Matthew gets up to follow Jesus he pledges solemnly to be kind and just in his dealings. There is hope for us all! We can be converted as he was.
    • The top priority in Jesus’ heart is mercy. This reflects the nature of God. He calls each one of us to belong to a new way of living characterized by mercy, justice, gentleness, and purity of heart. What is my top priority?
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    • Jesus makes a point of reaching out to the moral and social outcasts of society. He regards them as his friends. Matthew, as a tax collector for the Roman army of occupation, would have been hated by everybody. What a boost to his self-esteem that Jesus sees good in him and wants him to become part of this exciting new movement! No matter how I may see myself, Jesus sees me too as a friend.
    • Matthew throws a big party and invites all those rejected by the religious establishment to celebrate with him. Jesus enjoyed sharing meals: nobody was to be excluded from ‘table fellowship’ with him. He never says: ‘I won’t sit down with that person!’ Here we have a model of the Eucharist - communion with Christ and communion with one another, with no one on the unwanted list.
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    • Jesus was walking along, Matthew was at his place of work: a normal, everyday setting for God&#39s grace to find an opening. Sitting at your computer is another such setting. The Lord can speak there.
    • Many tax collectors and sinners came to sit and eat with Jesus. It is characteristic of holy people that others feel easy in their company. Jesus accepted people as they were, where they were. Am I as easy and accepting?
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    • Jesus was walking along, Matthew was at his place of work: a normal, everyday setting for God&#39s grace to find an opening. Sitting at your computer is another such setting. The Lord can speak there.
    • Many tax collectors and sinners came to sit and eat with Jesus. It is characteristic of holy people that others feel easy in their company. Jesus accepted people as they were, where they were. Am I as easy and accepting?