Jesus spent his time with tax collectors, sinners and the vulnerable.

Today’s readings provide a challenge. Jesus tells the disciples to follow the words of the scribes and pharisees, but not to imitate the example they give. The prophet Isaiah says this: Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.
Jesus is strikingly different than the scribes and pharisees because his words are backed by his example. He spends time with those people society shuns. Tax collectors, those known as sinners, lepers. His example provides a question: Who do we spend our time with?

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