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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 15, 2021

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FRIDAY, January 15

Mark 2:16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

One of the most significant concerns I have about Christianity is the way we have domesticated Jesus. In our story from Mark, the Pharisees are incredulous that Jesus eats with outcasts and sinners. Jesus is explicit: These people are who he came to eat with, and this is where he is supposed to be.

The human tendency is to lean toward exclusivity, which is what Jesus comes to change. Jesus is wherever people are hurting and searching and yearning for love and healing, which means Jesus is anywhere and everywhere—in bars and homeless camps and gated communities and exclusive private clubs and in parole board meetings and on the floor of the Stock Exchange.

When we try to make Jesus fit our ideas of who is clean and worthy, we forget that we aren’t always the most acceptable people ourselves.

MOVING FORWARD: What is a line you need to cross to meet Jesus?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Liberia and Southwest Florida (USA)

Ps 16, 17 * 22 | Isaiah 42:(1-9)10-17 | Ephesians 3:1-13 | Mark 2:13-22

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