Who Do You Eat With?
Who do you eat your meal with? Maybe you're a fast-paced person who's constantly rushing through drive through for meals. You could be the person who will always plan to eat as a family, not matter who chaotic the day or what the time is. For my family, that's dinner time, ad often as we can do it. We plan to eat that one meal together, giving time for family conversation, talking about our days and spending the time together. We should acknowledge all people we gather with. At this time, we replicate the last supper, a time of food, fellowship and gathering in faith. Do you cherish the times
Today's Gospel states:'As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" But when he heard it, 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, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners"' (Matthew 9:9-13).
In today's reading, we hear about how Jesus goes to eat with the sinner, the tax collector. He joins in this special tradition with those that we're seen as the 'least' of the crowd. The people criticize this and call him out on who is around him as company. However, Jesus uses this special time of gathering and feasting to help those in most need of God's grace. He takes the time to learn more about those who need help and prayers. Whether it's the time for dinner, or you're passing a colleague in the break room, it's important for us to not only live and work with other people, but to truly care for them and make every attempt at showing God's love. Take some time to ask God to help you step out of your comfort zone and help those who need love the most.
Today's prayer comes from 'make something beautiful' a prayer for loving all people:
Jesus, you are the author and originator of love. We only know love because you are love and you loved us first. You love us specifically and sacrificially. You love us in our sin and rebellion against you. You love us despite the pain we inflict on others. You love us in our mess. It is that love - that selfless, self-sacrificing love, which allows us to love others. It is an overflow of your love for us that allows us to love other people. Jesus, we ask you to make us better lovers of one another. Would you give us the heart and love to proclaim your love to those who need to hear it? Amen.