Matthew 9: 11-13
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus demonstrated God’s acceptance of all to the people of his time. By seeking out and spending time with people who were known to be sinners, Jesus gave us a perfect example. We all need God’s love, guidance and shelter. All are accepted into this family. So, in turn, we should accept those who are different from us. Whether it is how they look, act, believe, speak, walk or talk, all are accepted by God and are part of His creation.
Lord, help me to be accepting of others. I am uncomfortable sometimes around people who are very different from myself. Open my eyes to our “sameness” and help me to embrace our differences as we walk toward you. Amen