Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
Then they said to him, “John’s disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.” Jesus said to them, “You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.'” Luke 5:27-39
We can be judged by our words
but are known by our behavior
who we welcome and who we shun
will be our legacy and our identity.
We can pretend to be perfect
while we condemn the broken
the addicts and the tax collectors
who ache to be loved as well.
We can live isolated and clean
or get the dust of the streets on us
walking with the wounded
speaking with the silenced aliens.
God's love is alive amidst humanity
the tired, the poor and the homeless
compassion springs up where conversation
meets the soft places where we all live.