Read Mark 2:13-17
This story reflects one of many disagreements between Jesus and the religious establishment. Try to put yourself on both sides of the debate.
From the Pharisees point of view, why would it be bad for a rabbi (like Jesus) to eat with people of bad reputation?
From Jesus’ point of view, why was it necessary that he eat with people of bad reputation?
We must trust Jesus that we all are tax-collectors, sinners and bottom-feeders at heart. Why is it so necessary that we have this perception of ourselves for discipleship? If we have not committed enormous sins does that mean we must do so in order to follow Jesus?
Read Luke 15:1-7
What was the emotional reaction of the Pharisees at Jesus’ fraternizing with tax-collectors?
What does Jesus’ parable reveal ought to be the Pharisee’s (and our) emotional reaction to Jesus fraternizing with tax-collectors and sinners?
What does this teach us about how to have joy as disciples?
Do you gain a sense of joy from seeing Christ’s body, the Church, fraternize with sinners today? Should you? Why or why not?