The Pharisees were appalled. Matthew rejoiced.
Jesus was eating with tax collectors and sinners.
Both lessons today offer comfort to all of us who carry the burden of regret and guilt.
- In Matthew 9:1-26 Jesus sees a paralyzed man and sees his greatest need is forgiveness. He welcomes sinners to himself. He recruits a sinner like Matthew to be his disciple. Then he heals a woman who must have felt like the situation was hopeless after 12 years of suffering and then raised the dead. If our Savior can do all of this, he can overcome the pain that our failures have caused.
- In Genesis 29-30 the Holy Spirit records dysfunction in the family of Jacob, one of the fathers of the faith. Our God isn't afraid of our failures. We don't have to be afraid of them either.
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick... I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” No matter what our failures, no matter what our guilt, no matter what the "sickness" that we face, Jesus welcomes us.