Jesus saw Levi, a tax collector collecting taxes. Most tax collectors supported Rome and cheated the people. Jesus called Levi to follow him – to become a disciple. Levi then through a great banquet for Jesus and to welcome everyone. A lot of tax collectors joined the party. The Pharisees grumbled that Jesus ate and drank with tax collectors and sinners.
There are folks who have been hurt, excluded, and abandoned by the church–even some in my own family. How might we reach out, listen, welcome, and love just like Jesus? Let’s invite them into Christ’s love, joy, peace, and hope!
Living into God’s grace,