Dining with sinners

Then Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his house for a large feast. A lot of the other people who were there were tax collectors and those who were disreputable, because these kinds of people flocked to Jesus. The Pharisees and their scribes complained about this to the disciples, asking them “Why does your teacher associate with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus overheard their question and replied “Only sick people need a doctor, not the healthy. Go study this teaching from the Scriptures – ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ My whole purpose is to call sinners back to God, not those who think they’re perfect.”

MT 9:10-13, MK 2:15-17, LK 5:29-32

The call of Matthew

Then Jesus again went out alongside the sea. The whole crowd followed him and he continued to teach them. Moving on from there, he saw a man named Matthew, (also called Levi), the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax office. Jesus said to him “Follow me!” And he did, leaving everything behind.

MT 9:9, MK 2:13-14, LK 5:27-28