READINGOld Testament: Genesis 40:1-23
Psalms: Psalms 40, 54, 51
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel: Mark 2:13-22
Evening Psalms: 51
DEVOTIONAL“While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Mark 2:15-17)
I read this passage and wonder what group I fall into. Am I really righteous, or too blind to see that I am not righteous at all? Am I a sinner, oblivious to the need to change, or a sinner who thirsts to be shown a better way? Might I even be the teacher trying to help others? I believe that I have been all of these, sometimes phasing through each of these groups in a single day. While I routinely have this personal self-reflection, I also tend to consider the direction of my work at St. Matt’s.
In this passage from the gospel of Mark, the teachers of the law realize that Jesus is not your typical “man of God” (teacher or Rabbi). At St. Matt’s, we often hear folks say that we are not your typical Episcopal church. Through my membership and roles at church these past 10 years, I have seen some pretty atypical things occur, sometimes with incredible, amazing, and seemingly miraculous results. I do regularly look for new methods of ministry, yet, I find myself constantly and intentionally questioning, searching for opposing opinions to things that we are thinking about pursuing or even those that are happening right now. That always makes me wonder. Am I on the right path, being taught, or starting to stray? Unfortunately for me, this is not always easy to figure out, but I will keep listening for God, asking Him to show me His will, so that I can act on it.