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Luke 5:29-32 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Whereas the Pharisees shun tax collectors like Levi as sinners, Jesus extends forgiveness of sins and an invitation into a beloved community; rather than punishment and shame, Jesus offers healing. Levi’s banquet is a foretaste of the kingdom’s great feast, where tax collectors and other “sinners” will eat and drink with Jesus.
MOVING FORWARD: Read over today’s gospel lesson. Who do you most identify with in this story?