Moving back to the New Testament…
Jesus extends grace to others in Matthew 9:1-17.
He lifts their burdens:
- He forgives and then heals the paralytic.
- He fellowships with sinners and “publicans.”
- He lets his disciples fast from fasting.
And for the most part, he is criticized for these acts of compassion:
- The Scribes say he’s blasphemous.
- The Pharisees say he’s unrighteous.
- The followers of John imply he’s too easy on his disciples.
He’s not criticized for mugging old ladies, abusing children, or kicking dogs.
No, his kindness is questioned. Sigh.
[Application question: Do I do this with my friends? Kids? Husband?]
I had some time on my hands tonight and thought a bit more about this passage.
Here’s one thing I thought: Jesus hung out with the outsiders.
- So, every time I feel like a loser or no one is calling or I do something stupidly sinful, I need to remember, I’m the kind of person Jesus might have sought to have supper with.
- More than that, every time I find myself pegging someone as a loser (even at times those closest to me), I need to remember, that’s the person Jesus would have invited to dinner.
Today’s readings: Genesis 23:1-24:67, Psalm 7:1-5, Proverbs 2:7-8, Matthew 9:1-17