Jesus always surprises!
He reaches out to a paralysed man. What does he say? “Your sins are forgiven.”
He sees to the heart of the man and those around him.
Matthew – a tax collector for the Roman Empire. By definition an outcast and considered a traitor to Israel. “Follow me” says Jesus. Not only that – he ate with Matthew and his “sinner” friends. Scandalous!
As usual, Jesus goes straight to the heart of the matter – it is the sick who need a doctor.
Dear Jesus, may we be like you and get to the heart of the matter and may our words be seasoned with compassion and grace.