Mark 2:13-17 Conflict over where Jesus eats

James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Calling of Saint Matthew (Vocation de Saint Mathieu), 1886-1896. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 10 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (26 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.91 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 00.159.91_PS1.jpg)

And he went out again by the sea. And all the crowd were coming to him, and he was teaching them.

And as he passed by, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: ‘Follow me.’’ and when he had stood up, he followed him. 

And it happened that he was relining to eat in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Jesus and his disciples. For there were many who followed him. 

And the scholars of the Pharisees seeing that he ate with the sinners and tax collectors said to his disciples ‘ Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ 

And Jesus having heard, said to them ‘ Those who are well do not need a doctor, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.’ 

O Love, O God who created me, in your love recreate me.
O Love, who redeemed me,
fill up in me whatever part of your love
has fallen into neglect within me.
O Love, O God, who first loved me,
grant that with my whole heart,
and with my whole soul,
and with my whole strength,
I may love you.

Gertrude the Great

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